Discipline: Literature

Maxwell Aley

Discipline: Literature
MacDowell Fellowships: 1930
Maxwell Aley (1889-1953) was a short-story writer, editor, and literary agent. A graduate of the University of Indiana, Aley freelanced for several years before editing the Bangor Daily Commercial (Maine). After moving to New York, he became a publicist and started writing short stories, becoming fiction editor for The Woman’s Home Companion. The 1940 film The Dead End Kids was based on an Aley story. He was one of the founders of American P.E.N.



Maxwell Aley worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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