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Learning to Fly: A Writer's Memoir
 
 
Author
Mary Lee Settle. Anne Hobson Freeman, ed.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780393057324
Pages/Publication Date 224/2007
Daedalus Item Code 01959
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Two years before her death in 2005, National Book Award winner and PEN/Faulkner Award founder Mary Lee Settle sat down "to trace the way that led me into the writer I have been for 50 years." The result is this memoir, which picks up her life story where Addie left it, with a girl turning 20 in 1938, head over heels in love with the language of Shakespeare and determined to be an actress. The road will lead to the glamour of New York during the World's Fair, RAF service in wartime London, years of journalistic work, and finally to serious, "uncompromised" writing and more than 20 books, including her masterwork The Beulah Quintet.

"After an internship at the Barter Theatre in Virginia, where she learned 'some of the most valuable lessons as a writer I have ever had,' Settle moves to New York, where she lands a modeling job during the glamorous time of the World's Fair. She vividly depicts a long vanished world, 'peopled with White Russians, aristocratic English women and ancient splay-footed nannies: We were not aware yet that everything we took for granted was disappearing or changing, like a shaken kaleidoscope, not of colors but time and sound and habit and decision.' She recounts through exquisite detail and language how her roles as a wartime bride and young mother, a signals operator with the Women's Auxiliary of the Royal Air Force, and freelance journalist, forged her commitment to becoming a writer. Filled with adventure and insight, this is a delightfully literate recounting of a life lived to its fullest."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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