Conversations with May Sarton

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 213 pages
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With increasing candor and openness May Sarton's conversations have given an intimate view of her honest, courageous inner life. Best known to her many readers as a novelist and keeper of journals, Sarton sees herself pre-eminently as a poet. In the interviews collected here she speaks forthrightly about herself, her independence, and her writing.

Although born in Belgium, Sarton is quintessentially American in her choice of solitude on which her personal well-being and writing depend. She is a modernist who has defined herself as an artist, with the occasionally painful recognition that all else must finally be subordinated to her writing. Her journal After the Stroke makes clear that when she cannot write she stands on the edge of the abyss of nonbeing.

These interviews offer Sarton's readers the model of a woman who has supported herself as a writer of achievement, who has made her way without the comforts of academic tenure, grants, or bestseller listings.

 

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Contents

An Interview
3
May Sarton Barbara Bannon
16
An Interview with May Sarton Karla
30
A Further Interview with May Sarton Karla Hammond
42
An Interview with
52
A Conversation with May Sarton Dolores Shelley
64
An Interview with May Sarton Nancy Corson Carter
74
An Interview with May Sarton Kay Bonetti
85
A Conversation with May Sarton William
130
The Governor in the Garden Michael Finley
142
A Conversation with May Sarton Connie Goldman
150
May Sarton Martha Wheelock
160
A Conversation with May Sarton
165
May Sarton Lois Rosenthal
183
A Conversation with May Sarton David Bradt
200
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May Sarton Karen Saum
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