May Sarton

A Reckoning New York: W. W. Norton, 1978. Recovering: A Journal. New York: W. W. Norton, 1980. Sarton Selected: An Anthology of the Journals, Novels and Poems of May Sarton. Edited by Bradford Dudley Daziel. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

Author: Margot Peters

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307788539

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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The first biography of May Sarton: a brilliant revelation of the life and work of a literary figure who influenced her thousands of readers not only by her novels and poetry, but by her life and her writings about it. May Sarton's career stretched from 1930 (early sonnets published in Poetry magazine) to 1995 (her journal At Eighty-Two). She wrote more than twenty novels, and twenty-five books of poems and journals. The acclaimed biographer Margot Peters was given full access to Sarton's letters, journals, and notes, and during five years of research came to know Sarton herself--the complex woman and artist. She gives us a compelling portrait of Sarton the actress, the poet, the novelist, the feminist, the writer who struggled for literary acceptance. She shows us, beneath Sarton's exhilarating, irresistible spirit, the needy courtier and seducer, the woman whose creativity was propelled by the psychic drama she created in others. We watch young May at age two as she is abruptly uprooted from her native Belgium by World War I, a child ignored both by her mother, who was intent on her own artistic vision and reluctant to cope with a child, and by her father, obsessed with his academic research. We see Sarton as a young girl in America, and then later, at nineteen, choosing a life in the theatre, landing a job in Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory, and gathering what would become a tight-knit coterie of friends and lovers . . . Sarton beginning to write poetry and novels . . . Sarton making friends with Elizabeth Bowen and Julian Huxley, Erika and Klaus Mann, Virginia Woolf, the poet H.D.--charming and enlisting them with her work, her vitality, her hunger for love, driven by her need to conquer (among her conquests: Bowen, Huxley, and later his wife, Juliette). We see her intense friendships with literary pals, including Muriel Rukeyser (her lover), and Louise Bogan, Sarton's "literary sibling, who at once encouraged her and excluded her from a world in which Bogan was a central figure. We see Sarton begin to create in the spiritual journals that inspired the devotion of readers the image of a strong, independent woman who lived peacefully with solitude--an image that contradicted the reality of her neediness, loneliness, and isolation as she pushed away loved ones with her demands and betrayals. A fascinating portrait of one of our major literary figures--a book that for the first time reveals the life that she herself kept hidden.

A House of Gathering

Poets on May Sarton's Poetry May Sarton Marilyn Kallet. Rev. of Sarton Selected , ed . Bradford Daziel . Advocate 2 July 1991 : 101 . ... The Art of Poetry XXXII : May Sarton Interview . " Paris Review 89 ( 1983 ) : 80-110 .

Author: May Sarton

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9780870497940

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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May Sarton has been writing and publishing poetry for over sixty years. A House of Gathering gives her poetry long-overdue critical attention and discusses Sarton's place among modern and contemporary world authors. As working poets, the contributors offer knowledgeable discussions of Sarton's craft. The essays cover a broad range of topics, from Pastan's memoirs of Sarton as her teacher at Radcliffe in the 1950s, to Charlotte Mandel's close scrutiny of Sarton's poetic forms in her earliest collections, to Bobby Caudle Rogers's consideration of the poetic sequence as a form in contemporary American poetry, to Keith Norris's reading of Sarton as a postmodernist. William Stafford's essay on Sarton's A Private Mythology offers eloquent testimony as to the poet's "breakthrough" in mid-career. In addition, A House of Gathering includes an original interview with May Sarton; a recent poem, "Friendship and Illness"; working drafts for "Old Lovers at the Ballet"; a letter from Sarton to H.D.; and several original photographs. These essays will appeal to readers interested in poetry and literature in general, in women's studies, and in May Sarton.

Understanding May Sarton

Letters Dear Juliette : Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley . Ed . Susan Sherman . New York : W. W. Norton , 1999 . May Sarton : Selected Letters , 1916–1954 . Vol . 1. Ed . Susan Sherman . New York : W. W. Norton , 1997 .

Author: Mark K. Fulk

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570034220

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Fulk provides a comprehensive study - and one that does not assume Sarton's writings to be of interest exclusively or even primarily to female readers. Rather than limiting Sarton's literary accomplishments to the categories of feminist and lesbian writing, as other critics have done, Fulk approaches them in a way that he contends "comes closer to the spirit of Sarton's work as she saw it.""--BOOK JACKET.

Cora Du Bois

August 13, 1956, letter home, CDBH, Box 6. See Peters, May Sarton; Sherman, May Sarton: Among the Usual Days; and Sherman, May Sarton: Selected Letters. Freedman, “Burning of Letters Continues.” Peters, May Sarton, 203.

Author: Susan C. Seymour

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803274300

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

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Although Cora Du Bois began her life in the early twentieth century as a lonely and awkward girl, her intellect and curiosity propelled her into a remarkable life as an anthropologist and diplomat in the vanguard of social and academic change. Du Bois studied with Franz Boas, a founder of American anthropology, and with some of his most eminent students: Ruth Benedict, Alfred Kroeber, and Robert Lowie. During World War II, she served as a high-ranking officer for the Office of Strategic Services as the only woman to head one of the OSS branches of intelligence, Research and Analysis in Southeast Asia. After the war she joined the State Department as chief of the Southeast Asia Branch of the Division of Research for the Far East. She was also the first female full professor, with tenure, appointed at Harvard University and became president of the American Anthropological Association. Du Bois worked to keep her public and private lives separate, especially while facing the FBI’s harassment as an opponent of U.S. engagements in Vietnam and as a “liberal” lesbian during the McCarthy era. Susan C. Seymour’s biography weaves together Du Bois’s personal and professional lives to illustrate this exceptional “first woman” and the complexities of the twentieth century that she both experienced and influenced.

The Creative Crone

See especially Meryl Altman's assessment of Sarton's work in “Navel of One's Own.” 25. Gelpi, “Poetics of Change,” 148; Margaret Atwood, Second Words: Selected Critical Prose, 254; Paula Bennett, My Life, a Loaded Gun: Female Creativity ...

Author: Sylvia Henneberg

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 082621861X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 203

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Too often the elderly suffer “death by invisibility” long before their physical demise, but what can we learn from creative individuals when they grow old? This book examines the work of two major contemporary women poets to show how they confront aging in a deliberate and constructive way. Sylvia Henneberg reveals how May Sarton and Adrienne Rich have critically evaluated and embraced their roles as elder poets and “creative crones”—and in doing so offer a powerful resistance to age discrimination. The Creative Crone highlights new dimensions in the works of both writers: one deeply engaged with aging but often overlooked by scholars, the other a prominent poet and feminist but not generally thought of in the context of aging. Henneberg shows how these writers offer radically different but richly complementary strategies for breaking the silence surrounding age. Rich provides an approach to aging so strongly intertwined with other political issues that its complexity may keep us from immediately identifying age as one of her chief concerns. On the other hand, Sarton's direct treatment of aging sensitizes us to its importance and helps us see its significance in such writings as Rich's. Meanwhile, Rich's efforts to politicize age create stimulating contexts for Sarton's work. Henneberg explores elements of these writers' individual poems that develop themes of aging, including imagery and symbol, the construction of a persona, and the uses of rhythms to reinforce the themes. She also includes analyses of their fiction and nonfiction works and draws ideas from age studies by scholars such as Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Kathleen Woodward, and Thomas Cole.The lasting impression of these poets is that any evaluation of their writings—and any serious study of personal or political identity —will benefit from including a critique of aging. Together, Sarton and Rich establish a literary symbiosis that suggests strategies for reassessing and radicalizing our notions about aging, senescence, and literature. This new perspective on their work shows that creative and crone are far from mutually exclusive; considered in tandem, they renew the discourse on late-life creativity.

Cultural Histories of Ageing

Sarton, May, and Susan Sherman. May Sarton: A Portrait, Unpublished Poems, Letters, Journals, and Photographs. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993. ———. May Sarton: Selected Letters, 1916–1954. London: Women's Press, 1997a. ———.

Author: Margery Vibe Skagen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000383105

Category: History

Page: 326

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Drawing on sixteenth- to twenty-first-century American, British, French, German, Polish, Norwegian and Russian literature and philosophy, this collection teases out culturally specific conceptions of old age as well as subjective constructions of late-life identity and selfhood. The internationally known humanistic gerontologist Jan Baars, the prominent historian of old age David Troyansky and the distinguished cultural historian and pioneer in the field of literature and science George Rousseau join a team of literary historians who trace out the interfaces between their chosen texts and the respective periods’ medical and gerontological knowledge. The chapters’ in-depth analyses of major and less-known works demonstrate the rich potential of fiction, poetry and autobiographical writing in the construction of a cultural history of senescence. These literary examples not only bear witness to longue durée representations of old age, and epochal transitions regarding cultural attitudes to the aged; they also foreground the subjectivities that produced some of these representations and that continue to communicate with readers of other times and places. By casting a net over a variety of authors, genres, periods and languages, the collection gives a broad sense of how literature is among the richest and most engaging sources for historicizing the ageing self.

Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

Understanding May Sarton. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. ... Conversations with May Sarton. ... Sarton, May. 1961. The small room. New York: Norton, 1976. ———. 1997. May Sarton: Selected letters, 1916–1954. Ed. and Intro.

Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791478874

Category: Medical

Page: 308

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In this pioneering volume, Peter L. Rudnytsky and Rita Charon bring together distinguished contributors from medicine, psychoanalysis, and literature to explore the multiple intersections between their respective fields and the emerging discipline of narrative medicine, which seeks to introduce the values and methods of literary study into clinical education and practice. Organized into four sections-contextualizing narrative medicine, psychoanalytic interventions, the patient's voice, and acts of reading-the essays take the reader into the emergency room, the consulting room, and the classroom. They range from the panoramas of intellectual history to the close-ups of literary and clinical analysis, and they speak with the voice of the patient as well as the physician or professor, reminding us that these are often the same. Book jacket.

A Russian Jew of Bloomsbury

94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 H L» 00 \lO'\\J1-I> 10 Sarton to Koteliansky, 23 July 1947, Selected Letters, 269. Sarton to Juliette Huxley, 4 September 1948, Dear Juliette, 276. Her emphasis.

Author: Galya Diment

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773541764

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 438

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How a Russian Jew from a small shtetl befriended and influenced Britain's turn-of-the-century cultural and literary elite.

May Sarton

Author: Lenora P. Blouin

Publisher: Scarecrow Author Bibliographie


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 619

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Presents May Sarton's complete oeuvre, bringing together as a whole her "vision of life, " and covers the complete, critical perspective on May Sarton's writing. This corpus of critical work, looked at as a whole, demonstrates the range of thought and opinion expressed about Sarton and her writing over the course of her lifetime. The annotations present the point of view of the item being abstracted, allowing the salient points to be presented. A checklist of Sarton's poems by title follows the text as an appendix, allowing a researcher a snapshot of Sarton's published poetic output. This edition fully updates and expands the author's previous edition, incorporating new work and criticism published since 1982, as well as newly uncovered works from before that date. With introduction, chronology, and appendixes.

Renaissance and Revolution

Essays by George Sarton , selected and edited by D. Stimson ( Cambridge , MA , 1962 ) , 102–20 . 2 Singer or Sarton are mentioned in the following major studies as offering much encouragement : Agnes Arber , Herbals , Their Origins and ...

Author: J. V. Field

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521627542

Category: Science

Page: 291

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A collection of fifteen essays on some of the problems associated with the Scientific Revolution.