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May Sarton Biography: A Trailblazing Life Explored

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May Sarton, an influential poet, novelist, and memoirist, left an indelible mark on the literary world with her nuanced explorations of love, aging, and the human experience. In this gripping biography written by renowned author Margot Peters, we delve into the compelling life of a woman who defied conventions and fearlessly pursued her creative passions.

Early Life and Beginnings

Born on May 3, 1912, in Wondelgem, Belgium, as Eleanor Marie Sarton, May Sarton moved to the United States with her family at the age of four. Growing up in an intellectually stimulating environment, she developed a keen interest in literature and began writing poetry at a young age.

After completing her education at Shady Hill School and Bryn Mawr College where she studied English, May Sarton embarked on her literary journey. She published her first collection of poems, "Encounter in April," in 1937, which marked the beginning of her prolific career.

May Sarton: Biography Margot Peters
May Sarton: Biography
by Margot Peters(Kindle Edition)

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Language : English
File size : 3104 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 670 pages

Major Works and Literary Impact

May Sarton's body of work spans over six decades and encompasses various genres, including poetry, novels, and memoirs. Her unique writing style captured the complexities of human emotions and provided a voice to marginalized perspectives.

Notable works include "Journal of a Solitude" (1973),a deeply personal memoir that delves into her experiences as a writer and her reflections on solitude as a source of creativity and self-discovery. This work resonated deeply with readers and earned her critical acclaim.

Another remarkable piece, "Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing" (1965),explored themes of lesbian desire and identity at a time when such topics were largely shrouded in silence. Through her courageous storytelling, Sarton paved the way for greater acceptance and representation within the LGBTQ+ community in literature.

Later Years and Legacy

As May Sarton grew older, she continued to produce remarkable works. Her 15th and final novel, "As We Are Now" (1973),confronted the realities of aging and explored the challenges faced by elderly women in society. This poignant narrative became a rallying cry for ageism awareness and earned Sarton a devoted following of readers.

May Sarton's contributions to literature were honored with numerous prestigious awards throughout her career. She received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Levinson Prize, and the New England Poetry Club's Golden Rose Award, among others. Her profound impact on feminist and LGBTQ+ literature continues to resonate with readers and inspire new generations of writers.

May Sarton's biography, skillfully penned by Margot Peters, provides a captivating journey through the life and achievements of a trailblazing literary icon. Through her words, Sarton tackled profound elements of the human experience, blurring societal boundaries and leaving an indelible mark on literature.

As we delve into May Sarton's life, we discover a woman who defied conventions, fearlessly exploring topics like love, aging, solitude, and LGBTQ+ experiences. Her works exude a raw honesty that continues to resonate with readers today. Sarton's influence extends far beyond her own writings, inspiring countless individuals to embrace their true selves and challenging societal norms.

Whether you are an avid fan or a curious reader, Margot Peters' biography offers an enriching and comprehensive exploration of May Sarton's life and work. Immerse yourself in the world of this remarkable artist, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and literary enlightenment.

Get your copy of "May Sarton: A Trailblazing Life Explored" by Margot Peters today and witness the power of words that transcend generations.

May Sarton: Biography Margot Peters
May Sarton: Biography
by Margot Peters(Kindle Edition)

4.1 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 3104 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 670 pages

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聽聽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,聽聽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.

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