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Author Settle, Mary Lee.

Title Learning to fly : a writer's memoir / Mary Lee Settle ; edited by Anne Hobson Freeman.

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    813 Settle,M SET    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description v, 224 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Prelude to the summer of 1938 -- From Barter to Manhattan -- The last grand summer -- Waiting -- Toronto -- Prewar in the United States, 1941-1942 -- Thirteen months in the WAAF -- London, 1944 -- Leaving -- The turning year -- Another country -- Mr. Eliot -- Coronation -- Nine years -- Maugham -- My Paris.
Summary 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, 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. The adventures along the way--from 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 world--will delight, inform, and alarm the reader of this thoroughly modern Canterbury Tale.--From publisher description.
Subject Settle, Mary Lee.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Added Author Freeman, Anne Hobson, 1934-
ISBN 0393057321 (hardcover)
9780393057324 (hardcover)

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