Maureen Freely

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Maureen Freely (born 1952) is an American journalist, novelist, professor, and translator.


Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Freely grew up in Turkey and now lives in England, where she lectures at the University of Warwick[1] and is an occasional contributor to The Guardian and The Independent newspapers. She is the current president of English PEN, the founding centre of PEN International.

Among her novels is The Life of the Party, set in Turkey. She has also written The Other Rebecca, a contemporary version of Daphne du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca.[2] Freely is also an occasional contributor to Cornucopia; a magazine about Turkey.

She is best known as the Turkish-into-English translator of Orhan Pamuk's recent novels. She works closely with Pamuk on these translations, because they often serve as the basis when his work is translated into other languages.[2] They were both educated simultaneously at Robert College in Istanbul,[3] although they did not know each another at the time.

Freely translated and wrote an introduction to Fethiye Çetin's memoir, My Grandmother.[4]

She is the daughter of author John Freely,[5] and has a brother, Brendan.[6] Maureen Freely is the mother of four children and two step children.



  • Sailing Through Byzantium (2013)
  • Enlightenment (2008)
  • The Other Rebecca (2000)
  • Mother's Helper (1982)
  • The Stork Club (1995)
  • What About Us (1996)
  • The Parent Trap (2002)
  • Under the Vulcania (1994)
  • The Life of the Party (1986)


of Orhan Pamuk:

of Fethiye Çetin

  • My Grandmother


  1. Staff page, University of Warwick
  2. 2.0 2.1 Freely, Maureen (2006). "Languages in my life". The Linguist. 45 (4): 108–110.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Freely, Maureen (May 2007). "Why they killed Hrant Dink". Index on Censorship. 36 (2): 15–29. doi:10.1080/03064220701334477.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Çetin, Fethiye. My Grandmother: A Memoir. 2008
  5. Jason Goodwin (n.d.). "Enlightenment (book review)". Washington Post Book World. Retrieved 19 July 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Freely, Maureen (2003-11-25). "Istanbul after the bombs". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>