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Deasy, Mary Margaret

Cincinnati

Born: May 20, 1914

Ohio connection: Birth

Mary Margaret Deasy was born in 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of William Paul and Clara (Woelfel) Deasy. She received a Mus.B. from the University of Cincinnati in 1935. She was a concert pianist who gave up music as a vocation for a career in writing. Her first novel, The Hour of Spring, was published in 1948. Her other novels were Cannon Hill, Ella Ganning, Devil’s Bridge, The Corioli Affair, The Boy Who Made Good, O’Shaughnessy’s Day, and The Celebration. Her books were published in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, and Spain, as well as in the United States. Deasy also wrote numerous short stories, some of which appeared in O. Henry Memorial Prize Award Stories, Best American Short Stories, and in a variety of periodicals, including New Yorker, Harper’s, and Mademoiselle. Mary Margaret Deasy died May 14, 1978 in Cincinnati.