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Mary Lee Settle

Mary Lee Settle, American author. Founder Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association/Faulkner award, 1980. Recipient Merrill Foundation award, 1975, Academy award in literature American Academy Arts and Letters, 1994; John Simon Guggenheim fellow, 1958, 60. Served with Womens Auxiliary, Royal Air Force, 1942-1943.


  • Settle, Mary Lee was born on July 29, 1918 in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. Daughter of Joseph Edward and Rachel (Tompkins) Settle.

  • Education

    • Student, Sweet Briar College, 1938.


    • Assistant editor Harper's Bazaar, 1945. England correspondent Flair, 1950-1951. Editor American Heritage, from 1961.

      Associate professor Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1965-1976. Visiting lecturer Iowa Writer's Workshop, 1976, University Virginia, 1978.

    Major achievements

    • Founder Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association/Faulkner award, 1980.


    • Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership
    • Thoroughly updated, this fifth edition of the classic book outlines its four-frame model that examines organizations as factories, families, jungles, and theaters or temples: The Structural Frame: organize and structure groups and teams; The Human Resource Frame: tailor organizations to satisfy human needs, improve HRM, and build positive personal and group dynamics; The Political Frame: cope with power and conflict, build coalitions, hone political skills, and deal with politics; and The Symbolic Frame: shape a culture that gives purpose and meaning to work, stage organizational drama, and build team spirit.
    • Know Nothing: Book III of the Beulah Quintet (Beulah Quintet S)
    • Set in the decades preceding the Civil War, this third volume of The Beulah Quintet - Mary Lee Settle's unforgettable generational saga about the roots of American culture, class, and identity and the meaning of freedom - tells the tragic tale of Peregrine Catlett and his second son, Johnny.
    • The Scapegoat
    • Set in 1912, The Scapegoat propels readers towards a fateful day in a coal miners' strike when distant relatives of the Beulah dynasty, only dimly aware of their blood ties, face off in a dispute that escalates into a frenzy of violence and ends in the slaughter of an innocent man.
    • Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
    • Mary Settle offers us an intimate portrait of a Turkey rarely seen-a land where the cutting of a tree is a crime, where goats are sacrificed to launch state-of-the-art ships, and where whole towns emerge at dusk to stroll in the streets.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Served with Womens Auxiliary, Royal Air Force, 1942-1943.


    • Married Rodney Weathersbee, 1939 (divorced 1946). 1 child, Christopher Weathersbee. Married Douglas Newton, 1946 (divorced 1956).

      Married William Littleton Tazewell, September 2, 1978.
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    Died September 27, 2005
    (aged 87)
    • 1938
      Sweet Briar College
    • 1945
      Assistant, editor Harper's Bazaar
    • 1950 - 1951
      England correspondent Flair
    • 1965 - 1976
      associate, professor Bard College
      New York, United States