Madeline S. Bridges (1844–1920) was the pen name of Mary Ainge de Vere, an American poet and author from Brooklyn, New York. She sometimes published with her real name.
Born in Brooklyn, de Vere was the daughter of Irish immigrants from Donegal. Her father, Thomas Ainge de Vere, was the proprietor-editor and of The Morning Post, Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s first daily newspaper. He was later the associate editor of Irish World, journalist Patrick Ford’s newspaper.
De Vere had her first poem published in a New York daily at age 14. With her father’s assistance, she published at age 25 her first book, Love Songs and Other Poems (1870.) Her verses appeared in The Century, Harper’s, Frank Leslie’s, Lippincott’s, Littell’s Living Age, and other well-known American journals and periodicals of her time.
In addition to light verse, de Vere also published satirical and witty squibs in the pages of comic magazines and the lighter columns of more serious publications. Her best-known serious poems include “The Quiet House,” “The Brook,” “Life’s Mirror,” “We Two,” and “Good-bye, Sweetheart.”
The Open Book: Humorous Verse (1915) is an anthology of Bridges’s verses.