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Nancy Hale (1908–1988) published twenty novels, most famously The Prodigal Women (1942), as well as plays, a memoir, and a biography of painter Mary Cassatt. In New York she worked first as an editor at Vogue and Vanity Fair, and later as the first woman straight-news reporter for the New York Times. In 1954 and 1956 she published more stories in the New Yorker in a single calendar year (nine) than any other writer in the magazine’s history. She moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, in the mid-1930s, and lived there for the rest of her life.