Maude Phelps Mcveigh Hutchins (1899-1991) was born in New York City. Her mother came from an old New England family, and her father was an editor at the New York Sun. Orphaned at a young age, Maude and her sister were raised by their aunt, a prominent member of Long Island society. Maude attended a finishing school, and soon after graduating became engaged to Robert Maynard Hutchins, who, at the age of thirty, would leave his post as the dean of the Yale Law School to become president of the University of Chicago. Maude Hutchins studied painting and sculpture at Yale, participated in exhibitions at major museums and galleries, and collaborated with Mortimer Adler on a collection of “psychological drawings” and poems entitled Diagrammatics. In 1948, after the collapse of her marriage, she moved with two of her three daughters to Connecticut and took up writing, publishing nine novels, as well as short stories, plays, and poems, over the next twenty years. Her books include A Diary of Love, The Memoirs of Maisie, and Honey on the Moon. Maude Hutchins was also an accomplished amateur pilot who made a number of cross-country trips in her small plane.
A sexual awakening novel like none other, mixing elements of Adleran psychology, surrealism, and the American pastoral. “Maude Hutchins writes like a lascivious Ivy Compton-Burnett…. Somehow she manages to remain irreverent and even lighthearted about the transgressions she describes.”—Time