Mary Lee Settle, 8th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Mary Lee Settle

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Batten Arts and Letters Building; Webb University Center

Author/Artist Bio

Writing for the New York Times Book Review, novelist E.L. Doctorow has said that Mary Lee Settle "has a grand passion for what she's doing... high drama... and the instinct of the novelist for panorama..." Settle's prodigious writing career includes the publication of six highly acclaimed novels: Blood Tie, for which she was awarded the National Book Award for fiction in 1978, and The Beulah Quintet (Prisons, O Beulah Land, Know Nothing, The Scapegoat and The Killing Ground), hailed by critic Roger Shattuck as "an act of faith in the novel... a source of energies we can carry back to life itself." In addition to her fiction, Ms. Settle has published articles in a variety of magazines and journals, including an essay in Esquire this year on Japan. Ms. Settle will open the festival with a reading from her fiction on Monday evening; on Tuesday she will lecture on "Researching a Worldwide Novel."


Settle read on Monday, October 7th, 1985 at 8:00 p.m. in the Batten Arts and Letters Building and on Tuesday, October 8th, 1985 at 2:00 p.m. in Webb University Center.


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