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May Sarton (1912–1995)

Author of Journal of a Solitude

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About the Author

May Sarton (1912-1995) is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry collections, novels, and memoirs
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Works by May Sarton

Journal of a Solitude (1973) 1,118 copies
The Fur Person (1957) 663 copies
As We Are Now (1973) 335 copies
Plant Dreaming Deep (1968) 323 copies
At Seventy: A Journal (1984) 306 copies
The Small Room (1961) 297 copies
The Magnificent Spinster (1985) 256 copies
A Reckoning (1978) 238 copies
Kinds of Love (1970) 220 copies
Recovering: A Journal (1980) 168 copies
After the Stroke: A Journal (1988) 150 copies
At Eighty-Two: A Journal (1995) 143 copies
A Shower of Summer Days (1952) 139 copies
Selected Poems of May Sarton (1978) 137 copies
Crucial Conversations (1975) 127 copies
Anger (1982) 115 copies
Faithful Are the Wounds (1955) 112 copies
Letters From Maine (1984) 94 copies
Joanna and Ulysses (1800) 83 copies
The Poet and the Donkey (1969) 80 copies
The Bridge of Years (1946) 75 copies
Coming into Eighty: Poems (1994) 64 copies
Collected Poems, 1930-1993 (1993) 59 copies
Writings on Writing (1980) 57 copies
May Sarton: A Self-Portrait (1955) 53 copies
Shadow of a Man (1982) 49 copies
The Birth of a Grandfather (1957) 49 copies
The Single Hound (1991) 48 copies
A Private Mythology: Poems (1966) 41 copies
Collected Poems (1930-1973) (1974) 32 copies
A Durable Fire: Poems (1972) 17 copies
Inner Landscape: Poems (1939) 12 copies
In Time Like Air: Poems (1958) 9 copies
Encounter in April (2014) 8 copies
Punch's Secret (1974) 8 copies
The Lion and the Rose (1948) 8 copies
A Walk Through the Woods (1976) 6 copies
El señor peludo (2022) 5 copies
Honey in the Hive (1988) 5 copies
At Fifteen: A Journal (2002) 2 copies
Small Joys 1 copy
Sarton Selected (1980) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 555 copies
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Contributor — 375 copies
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contributor — 366 copies
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (2004) — Contributor — 298 copies
Poets of World War II (2003) — Contributor — 135 copies
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contributor — 124 copies
Poems Between Women (1997) — Contributor — 93 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 69 copies
Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 46 copies
Family Treasury of Great Biographies Volume 11 (1971) — Author — 14 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contributor — 10 copies


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Common Knowledge



This is a simple, sweet novel that tells of a poet, his struggles with the muse, and a donkey named Whiffenpoof. Adding to the story are lovely little snapshot illustrations by Stefan Martin which help to bring Sarton's words to life.

It's an easy, lovely story, gorgeously written, and as calm and refreshing as a Sunday morning drive through the country, as if from another time.

Recommended for anyone interested.
whitewavedarling | 3 other reviews | May 13, 2024 |
I cannot possibly rate this book. It has nettled me; I have written pages of notes, partially copying down insightful passages and partially writing paragraphs trying to figure out why a particular passage strikes me as false or unearned. Of course the gender politics are...frustrating, at best, partially because the insight and the self-loathing (Sarton would not have recognized it as that, but) are so tied up together. Partially because, like Le Guin in The Left Hand of Darkness, Sarton wrote this novel at a time when the like, basic foundational language of feminism was very much still being invented, but Sarton seems less aware of the linguistic/culturally-accepted-reality gap she is trying to cross and encircle.
Everything sbout this novel partially, but. It certainly set things in motion in me.
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localgayangel | 11 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
Het lijkt een eenvoudig boek met natuurbeschrijvingen en gedachten maar het is zeker iets om over na te denken. Het thema eenzaamheid: enerzijds belangrijk om productief te kunnen zijn en iets om naar te verlangen, anderzijds is er de behoefte aan relaties en het delen van ervaringen en gezelligheid.
elsmvst | 18 other reviews | Feb 7, 2024 |
The Fur Person is a short novella by poet/authoress May Sarton who tells about the stray cat that found it’s way into her home and her heart. Considering himself a Cat About Town, he has lived a fairly carefree life but he decides it is time to become a Gentleman Cat and find a home. He is most particular over his requirements but believes he has found the perfect home with the two ladies that take him in. Of course it wouldn’t be a May Sarton book without some poems, and our Gentleman Cat offers up some excellent rhymes.

Renamed Tom Jones he goes through a few stages where he is Terrible Jones, the fighter, then, after being fixed he becomes Gentle Cat, Cat of Peace, Glorious Jones and, finally Fur Person. This is an author who obviously knows and understands cats and above all, allows Tom Jones to maintain his dignity. The story is simple and charming being based on the life of Sarton’s cat, but avoids crossing over into become too sweet. The book has some lovely illustrations by David Canright and was originally published in 1957. It has withstood the test of time and will be greatly appreciated by those of us who have had the pleasure of having a cat in their life.
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DeltaQueen50 | 22 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |



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