Mary Manning (writer)

Mary Manning Howe Adams

Mary Manning
Born Mary Manning
30 June 1905
Dublin, Ireland
Died 27 June 1999
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality Irish
Other names Mary Howe, Mary Adams
Occupation writer

Mary Manning Howe Adams (30 June 1905 – 27 June 1999) was an Irish novelist, playwright and film critic.[1][2]


Born and raised in Dublin, Mary Manning got her theatre training in Sara Allgood's teaching class in the Abbey Theatre. She had gone to school in Morehampton House and Alexandra College, Dublin. She also worked as a writer for the Gate Theatre. She adapted the novel, Guests of the Nation, for a film directed by Denis Johnston.[2][3] Manning also helped found the Dublin Film Society in 1930. She worked as a film critic and co-founded the Gate Theatre arts magazine, Motley in 1932.[1]

In 1935 Manning moved to Boston where she married Harvard Law School professor Mark DeWolf Howe. They had three daughters Fanny, Susan and Helen. When her husband died Manning returned to Dublin in 1967 and lived in Monkstown, County Dublin for another ten years. During this time Manning wrote for various publications such as the Hibernia, The Irish Times. She later returned to live in Cambridge.[2][3][4]

Manning was a founder of the Poets' Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts[3] and worked as drama director at Radcliffe College during World War II.[2][4]

After Manning returned to the US she married Faneuil Adams, of Boston, Massachusetts in 1980[4][5]





  1. 1 2 "Mary Manning – Women Film Pioneers Project". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Irish Writers Online". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 "Mary Manning Howe Adams". The Irish Times. 8 July 1999. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 "Mary Manning". Ricorso. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  5. "Faneuil Adams". The New York Times. April 26, 1981. Retrieved October 7, 2016.

Further reading

Casella, Donna. "Mary Manning." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web. October 9, 2015.

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