Mary Q. Steele
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Mary Q. Steele
|Born||May 8, 1922|
|Died||July 6, 1992|
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
|Other names||J. N. Darby, Wilson Gage|
|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 names Wilson Gage and J. N. Darby.
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."
She was married to author William O. Steele.
She died on July 6, 1992 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
- The Secret of the Indian Mound (1958)
- The Secret of Crossbone Hill, written as Wilson Gage (1959)
- 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
- Mary Govan Steele dies; noted author, naturalist. The Chattanooga Times, July 6, 1992.
- Mary Q. Steele collection, 1922-1992. 0.5 linear feet University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- Gage Wilson Papers 1976. Collection contains correspondence for Squash Pie. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 1 folder.
- Steele, Mary Q. Papers, 1969-1979. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. c 1.9 linear ft.
- Steele, Mary Q. Mary Quintard Steele collection, undated. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library 0.3 linear ft. Manuscript and galley proofs of "Living Year" and "First of the Penguins.".