Mary Q. Steele

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Mary Q. Steele
Born May 8, 1922
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Died July 6, 1992
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Occupation Author
Spouse(s) William O. Steele

Mary Quintard Govan Steele (May 8, 1922 – July 6, 1992) was a noted American author and naturalist. She wrote over twenty books: some adult-style, but mostly children's books. One of her books, Journey Outside, was a Newbery Honor Book. Steele sometimes wrote under the name Wilson Gage.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Mary Quintard Govan Steele was born on May 8, 1922 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Gilbert and Christine Govan. She graduated from the University of Chattanooga.

Career[edit]

Her first book, The Secret of the Indian Mound, was published in 1958. In The Living Year, one of her only adult novels, she wrote, "I did not become a writer, but was born one, waking up in the morning to sort the day into scenes and characters and descriptions."

Personal life[edit]

She was married to author William O. Steele.

Death[edit]

She died on July 6, 1992 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Selected works[edit]

  • The Secret of the Indian Mound (1958)
  • Cully Cully and the Bear, written as Wilson Gage, illustrated by James Stevenson (1983)
  • Anna's Summer Songs, poetry illustrated by Lena Anderson (1988)
  • The Living Year

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