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May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (December 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039331717X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393317176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 - July 16, 1995), an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. Her parents were science historian George Sarton and his wife, the English artist Mabel Eleanor Elwes. In 1915, her family moved to Boston, Massachusetts. She went to school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started theatre lessons in her late teens. In 1945 she met her partner for the next thirteen years, Judy Matlack, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They separated in 1956, when Sarton's father died and Sarton moved to Nelson, New Hampshire. Honey in the Hive (1988) is about their relationship. Sarton later moved to York, Maine. She died of breast cancer on July 16, 1995. She is buried in Nelson, New Hampshire.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Aaron on May 29, 2007
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Reading Sarton is like taking in fresh air! "Recovering" is no exception. Sarton is always an easy read, but you have to be prepared to "FEEL" - she is so open with her emotions and experiences. Sarton cuts right to the core of human experience and emotion in a simple, straight forward way. Although she expresses her grief and losses in a poignent and potent manner, she is not sentimental and "Recovering", like her other works, leaves one with a certian calmness even amid all of the emotional turbulance.

"Recovering" also is typically "Sartonian" in that her eye for the beautiful simplicity in nature and the in small details is ever present in this journal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose on December 16, 2009
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I am one of those people who May Sarton speaks to. I have read her books "out of order", but have no trouble adjusting to the period of time she is writing. I actually like Journal of a Solitude the best, followed by Plant Dreaming Deep, but this one was fine. I feel for her.....especially as she grows older, and is alone much of the time. But I have to say, she certainly has many friends, and sees them often, altho' less so in this book. I've only read her journals, but want to get one of the fiction books next. I always recommend May, altho' I know she's not for everyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Stephen Walsh on October 19, 2012
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I`ve only discovered Sarton and her journals now that I am approaching 50, and I think that`s a good thing. Her clear, sane observations about her life would have bored me when I was younger. Now that I am recovering from illness myself, I am ready for what she says so eloquently and unfussily. Sarton doesn`t mythologize her unhappiness or sickness, and that is what someone on the road to recovery needs to read. [At least those of us who are interested in the truth about such things.] Being depressed and/or sick isn`t fun, and by not romanticizing or whining but simply describing her getting ON with it, Sarton`s words are a tonic.
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