Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In addition to her novels, Mary Lee Settle wrote several nonfiction books. Her juvenile works, The Story of Flight (1967) and Water World (1984), the latter being a parallel history of humanity’s exploration of the sea, are not as significant as her autobiographical All the Brave Promises: Memories of Aircraft Woman Second Class 2146391 (1966) or her historical study The Scopes Trial: The State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes (1972). All the Brave Promises describes Settle’s experiences as an American volunteer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1942 and 1943. The Scopes Trial, like All the Brave Promises, deals with human responses to a historical confrontation. In Addie (1998), Settle examines her life as it is framed by her ancestors, including her grandmother, Addie Tompkins.