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About the Author
Maureen Daly (1921-2006) was an American writer who worked in journalism, fashion, and advertising. Born in Ireland, she grew up in Wisconsin and won an O. Henry Award for her short story "Sixteen" while she was still in high school. She wrote her most famous novel, Seventeenth Summer, while still in college, recapturing with extraordinary freshness and sensitivity an experience that because of its very nature no older author could touch. Seventeenth Summer was chosen unanimously as the first winner of the Intercollegiate Literacy Fellowship and was one of the first novels to target a teenage audience.