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Mary Lee Settle

Mary Lee Settle (1918–2005) is best remembered for “Beulah Quintet,” a series of novels that explored the history of her native West Virginia, and Blood Tie, which won the National Book Award for fiction. She was also one of the founders of the annual PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.



Mrs. Webster says that she remembers when only large Southern families who belonged there lived on Chatham, Dunmore, and North Streets. In 1900, it was a new subdivision, carved out of the last farm left within the city limits of Norfolk, Virginia. [...]

London - 1944

How do I capture a city and a time? It began in the back of a camouflaged RAF lorry that smelled of oil. I clung to the side as the driver swung the lorry fast around the curved Cotswold road from Bourton-on-the-Water to the railway station. All I [...]

Works of Art or Power Tools?

"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." This brave and challenging motto is carved around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. Not even Thomas Jefferson could have foreseen a form of [...]