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Mollie Panter-Downes specialized in wartime journalism for the New Yorker magazine, but she also wrote travel articles, reviews, poetry, novels, short stories, and children's literature. From 1938 to 1987, her contributions to the New Yorker totalled 852 pieces. Her journalism "took note of the trivial, ordinary things that happened to ordinary people," Bibliographic Citation link. while her short stories and novels often tackled the human spirit under times of great distress. She was so closely associated with the New Yorker that she was "often thought . . . to be American." Bibliographic Citation link.
25 August 1906 MPD was born, either in Ireland or in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
1918 The child MPD published poetry in the Poetry Review. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1940 Letter from England, a collection of MPD's wartime New Yorker journalism, was published in Boston. Bibliographic Citation link.
1947 MPD published One Fine Day, a short novel and her first for sixteen years, with a dedication to William Shawn, her New Yorker editor. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1971 MPD published a biography about the domestic life of Algernon Charles Swinburne and Theodore Watts-Dunton, entitled At The Pines: Swinburne and Watts-Dunton in Putney. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 January 1997 MPD died at Eastbury Manor, Compton, Surrey (where she was receiving care), though she had lived at her own house almost until the end. Bibliographic Citation link.
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