A literary testament showing how Mary Lee Settle's great novels followed the map of her remarkable life.
Two years before her death in 2005, Mary Lee Settle sat down "to trace the way that led me into the writer I have been for fifty years." The result is this memoir, which picks up her life story where Addie (1998) left it, with a girl turning twenty, head over heels in love with the language of Shakespeare and determined to be an actress. That summer of 1938 her mother sends Mary Lee off to a theater apprenticeship, inadvertently setting her on a road few women of that era would have dared to travel. The road will lead to serious, "uncompromised" writing and over twenty books, including her masterwork, The Beulah Quintet. The adventures along the wayfrom the glamour of New York during the World's Fair, through the terrors of London during the Blitz, to the trials and triumphs of the postwar literary worldwill delight, inform, and alarm the reader of this thoroughly modern Canterbury Tale.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Mary Lee Settle won the National Book Award for her novel Blood Ties and was the founder of the PEN/Faulkner Prize. She died in 2005.
Table of Contents
Prelude to the Summer of 1938 7
From Barter to Manhattan 12
The Last Grand Summer 29
Prewar in the United States, 1941-1942 67
Thirteen Months in the WAAF 76
London, 1944 93
The Turning Year 134
The Apprenticeship 145
Another Country 151
Mr. Eliot 165
Nine Years 176
My Paris 192
Glimpse of Tom 211
Photograph Credits 226