Additional books by or about May Sarton

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  • Coming Into Eighty: Poems: ISBN 0-393-03689-8, W. W. Norton, ©1994 by May Sarton, cloth, $15.95. Reissue ©1997, by May Sarton, ISBN 0-393-31623-8, W.. W. Norton, Paper, $10.00. This book was her last book of poetry and winner of The Levinson Prize.
  • Collected Poems, 1930-1993: ISBN 0-393-03493-3, W. W. Norton, ©1993,1988, 1984, 1974 by May Sarton, Cloth, $29.95. The poems are arranged chronologically from her 15 volumes of poetry published during six decades. (Coming Into Eighty was published after this collection.)
  • Letters from Maine: ISBN 0-393-31716-1, W. W. Norton, ©1984, reissue 1997, by May Sarton, Paper, $10.00. A brief passionate love affair, its passing and the poetic vision it brought her inspired these poems.
  • Halfway to Silence: New Poems: ISBN, W. W. Norton, 0-393-00992-0, ©1980 by May Sarton, paper $8.95 Poetry was central to May Sarton’s creative passion, and had always come from the inspiration of a Muse. After over fifty years of her life as a poet she wondered if she would ever feel that fire again.. She did, as this book reveals.
  • Selected Poems of May Sarton, edited by Serena Sue Hilsinger and Lois Brynes: ISBN 0-393-04512-9, W. W. Norton, © 1978, reissue ©1997 by May Sarton, Paper, $11.95. The poems are gathered into seven sections: The Composed Imagination, Love, Solitude, Nature, In a Dirty Time, Invocations and Mythologies, and The Action of Therapy.
  • A Grain of Mustard Seed: ISBN 0-393-04344-4, W. W. Norton, ©1971 by May Sarton, paper, $6.95. The poems in this book are reflections on politics, religion, animals, old age and children.
  • A Private Mythology: Poems: ISBN 0-393-31552-5, W. W. Norton, ©1966 reissue 1996 by May Sarton, Cloth, $11.00. These poems reflect on her experiences during her around-the-world trip to celebrate her 50th birthday, and then returning to her roots set down in her home in Nelson, New Hampshire.


  • I Knew a Phoenix: Sketches for an Autobiography: ISBN 0-393-31248-2, W. W. Norton, ©1954 reissue 1995 by May Sarton, paper, $11.00. In this her first nonfiction book, May Sarton writes about her early childhood in Belgian, her family’s move to Cambridge, Massachusetts and her education in Belgium, at the Shady Hill School, and Cambridge High and Latin. Interwoven with this are vignettes of people who influenced her life.
  • Plant Dreaming Deep: ISBN 0-393-31551-7, W. W. Norton, ©1968 by May Sarton, reissue 1996, Paper $11.00. This is the book that drew Edith Royce Schade into the work of May Sarton. It is a memoir of the years when she planted roots of her English, Belgian and American heritage and experience in a small New Hampshire village.
  • Journal of a Solitude: ISBN 0-393-30928-2, W. W. Norton, ©1973, by May Sarton, reissue 1992, Paper $12.00. More quotes in From May Sarton’s Well come from this than any other Sarton book. It has become a beloved resource for those who would live in “the richness of self” through solitude.  For W. W. Norton’s Reading Group Guide for this title, click here:
  • A World of Light: Portraits and Celebrations: ISBN 0-393-30500-7, W. W. Norton ,©1976 by May Sarton, reissue 1988, Paper $4.95. Sarton vividly portrays and celebrates her parents and ten friends who influenced her formative years.
  • The House by the Sea: ISBN 0-393-31390-5 W. W. Norton, ©1977 by May Sarton, reissue ©1995, $12.00. In May 1973 May Sarton moved from the home she owned in a small New Hampshire village to “Wild Knoll”, the house she rented on the seacoast in York, Maine. She writes about the transformations brought to her inner life as she moved from the turmoil of personal anguish inland, to the peace and usually solitary life by the sea.
  • Recovering: A Journal: ISBN 0-393-317717-X , W.W. Norton, ©1980 , reissue 1997 by May Sarton, paper $12.00. Sarton’s sixty-sixth year, 1978-79, was a difficult time for her as a cherished relationship ended, her latest novel received a devastating review, she had a mastectomy and fought against depression. She reveals how her friendships, her love for the natural world and the response of her growing audience of readers helped her to recover.
  • At Seventy: A Journal: ISBN 0-393-31030-2, W. W. Norton, ©1984 by May Sarton, paper ©1993, $10.95. The journal opens on May Sarton’s seventieth birthday, May 3, 1982, relishing the discovery that she does not feel old at that age. In her he nearly daily entries she reflects on her experiences living by the sea at “Wild Knoll” in York, Maine, her work, and her friendships.
  • After the Stroke: A Journal: ISBN 0-393-30630-5, W. W. Norton, ©1988 by May Sarton, paper ©1989, $5.95 At age seventy-three May Sarton suffered a stroke that left her unable to write or even to tend her garden for nine months. Her journal is the story of her struggle, fortified by friends, her animals, books, grateful response to her previous work, to return to a full productive life again.
  • Endgame: A Journal of the Seventy-Ninth Year: ISBN 0-393-31388-3, W. W. Norton, ©1992 by May Sarton, paper, ©1996, $12.95. This was an especially difficult year for May Sarton, as debilitating illness deprived her even of the ability to work at her typewriter. However she learned to dictate her journal entries, recording how she learned to become physically dependent, yet remains intellectually independent. Her creativity soars above her frailty.
  • Encore: A Journal of the Eightieth Year: ISBN 0-393-31317-4, W. W. Norton, ©1993, by May Sarton, paper ©1995, $13.95. In this affirmative journal, May Sarton writes of the both the hardships brought on by old age, and the joys she derives from her friends, nature, growing fame, and being able to write again. (In her entry for June 23 she includes a comment about “Duffy”, the nickname of Edith Royce Schade, who had brought some photographs from the book-in-progress “From May Sarton’s Well” to show her.)
  • At Eighty-Two: A Journal: ISBN 0-393-31622-X, W. W. Norton, ©1996 by May Sarton, paper ©1997, $13.00. This is May Sarton’s last journal, finished just a few months before she died on July 16, 1995. In it Sarton continues to adjust to the feeling that she is a stranger in the land of old age. Thought her struggles and daily setbacks continue, there is an optimistic, musing tone as she contemplates this unique time in a person’s life.


  • As We Are Now: ISBN 0-393-08372-1, W. W. Norton, ©1973 by May Sarton, paper $10.00. This is perhaps Sarton’s most powerful novel. It resulted in shutting down the nursing home that inspired it. Admirable, endearing and embattled Caro struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of bitterly cruel administrators.
  • Shadow of a Man: A Novel: ISBN 0-393-30030-7, W. W. Norton, ©1950, 1982 by May Sarton, paper, $4.95. Francis Adams Chabrier, grieving for the recent death of his mother, leaves his American home for a summer in his birthplace, Paris, where he grows in spirit and learns to love.
  • The Fur Person: ISBN 0-393-30131-1, W. W. Norton, ©1957 and 1983 by May Sarton, paper $7.95. The story of Tom Jones is based on the adventure of a beloved cat who shared his home with May Sarton and her friend Judy Matlack . It continues to delight children and adults.
  • The Poet and the Donkey: ISBN 0-393-30159-1, W. W. Norton, ©1969 and 1984 by May Sarton, paper $3.95. Here is a short, delightful and elegant story about an old poet who had lost his inspiration. A young, mischievous, but lame donkey comes into his life. As he nurses her back to soundness, the poet recaptures his own zest for living.
  • Joanna and Ulysses: ISBN 0-393-30414-0, W. W. Norton, ©1963 and 1973 by May Sarton, (illustrated by James J. Spanfeller) paper $5.95. Joanna, on holiday on the Greek island of Santorini, rescues a mistreated donkey, Ulysses, and they nourish each other back to spiritual and physical health.
  • The Bridge of Years: ISBN 0-393-30239-3, W. W. Norton, © 1946 and 1985 by May Sarton, paper $4.95. Sarton’s second novel takes place in her country-of-birth, Belgium. She looks at the struggles confronted in complex family relationships during the stormy atmosphere of Europe just after WWI through the beginnings of WWII.
  • The Birth of a Grandfather: ISBN 0-393-30591-0, W. W. Norton, © 1957 and 1989 by May Sarton, paper $5.95. The novel is set in Cambridge, Massachusetts with summers on a Maine island. It takes the dying of a close friend and the birth of a grandchild for the aging man Sprig to grow into a fully human, loving being. Sarton also explores the deep friendship between two women.
  • Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing: ISBN 0-393-30929-0, ©1965 reissue 1993 by May Sarton, paper $9.95. The poet Hilary Sevens, when interviewed by two young reporters, reflects on her past and the lovers who were sources of her inspiration. In revealing that these muses were women, Sarton was one of the first writers to come out as a Lesbian. The novel is a source of inspiration for all creative people, no matter what their sexual orientation.
  • A Reckoning, ISBN 0-393-31621-1 , W. W. Norton, © 1978 by May Sarton, paper 1997, $12.00. The deep and illuminating novel explores how Laura Spelman faces death from cancer, reexamining her life and her relationships with her family and particularly a woman friend from her youth.
  • Faithful Are The Wounds:: ISBN 0-393-31715-3, W. W. Norton,© 1995 by May Sarton, reissue 1997, paper $12.00. Set in the academic atmosphere of Harvard and Cambridge and based on a real incident, the novel deals with the affects of the suicide of an English professor on those who knew him.
  • The Small Room: ISBN 0-393-00832-0, W.W. Norton; © 1976 by May Sarton, paper $10.95. This novel about women in academic life, set on the campus of a New England college, examines the precarious relationship between teachers and students.
  • Anger: A Novel: ISBN 0-393-31389-1, ©1982 by May Sarton, reissue 1996, paper, $12.00. Sarton explores the inner landscape of a marriage between two people of very different temperaments and their attitudes about expressing their emotions.
  •  The Single Hound: A Novel, ISBN 0-393-30785-9, W. W. Norton, ©1938 by May Sarton, reissue 1991, $8.95. In this early novel we see the first flowering of Sarton’s special gift to depict sensitive people who find they must brave new pathways if they are to discover their true selves.
  • Crucial Conversations: ISBN 0-393-31102-3, W.W. Norton, © 1975 by May Sarton, reissued 1994, paper $9.95. Quoting the first edition cover: “Told through a series of vivid personal confrontations, a novel about a woman who explodes out of a suffocating marriage.”
  • The Education of Harriet Hatfield: ISBN 0-393-31029-9 , W.W. Norton, © 1993 by May Sarton, paper $11.00. Harriet Hatfield fulfills a dream by opening a women’s bookstore and , bewildered, finds herself both a heroine for many lesbians and a victim of homophobia.
  • The Magnificent Spinster: ISBN 0-393-31249-6, W.W. Norton, ©1985 by May Sarton, reissue 1995, $11.00. This is a fictional tribute to a beloved teacher and friend of May Sarton. She explores the life and deep friendships of a magnificent human being.
  • A Shower of Summer Days:ISBN 0-393-31250-X , W.W. Norton, © by May Sarton, reissue 1995, $10.00. A stately house in Ireland, Dene Court, is central to this novel that deals with the human history of the place as it influences the relationships of those who spend a summer together there.
  • Kinds of Love: ISBN 0-393-3 1101-5, W.W. Norton, © by May Sarton, reissue 1994, paper $13.95. This novel is a study of a New England village, the people in it and a celebration of how old people can continue to be open and grow in relationships with others and the world around them.


  • Writings on Writing: ISBN0-213006-20-3, Puckerbrush Press, ©May Sarton, 1980, paper, $6.95.(This may be ordered from Puckerbrush Press, 76 Main Street, Orono, ME 04473, Phone  (207) 866-4868  or  (207) 581-3832 .)  Here is a collection of five essays on the art and craft of writing by May Sarton. They are entitled: “The School of Babylon”, “The Design of a Novel”, “The Writing of a Poem”, “Revision As Creation” and “On Growth and Change” 

    This may be ordered from Puckerbrush Press,76 Main Street,Orono ME 04473


  • Sarton Selected: An Anthology of the Journals, Novels, and Poetry of May Sarton, Edited and with an Introduction by Bradford Dudley Daziel,ISBN 0-393-02968-9 © 1991 by May Sarton and Bradford Dudley Daziel. The best of her poetry and excerpts from journals and novels, including the entire As We Are Now, are gathered in this book.


  • A Celebration For May Sarton: Essays: Selected and edited by Constance Hunting, ISBN 0-913006-53-X, © 1994, Puckerbrush Press, paper $24.95.(This may be ordered from Puckerbrush Press, 76 Main Street, Orono, ME 04473, Phone (207) 866-4868, or(207) 581-3832.) This contains Essays and Speeches from the National Conference “May Sarton at 80: A Celebration of Her Life and Work” held at Westbrook College, Portland, Maine, June 11-13, 1992. Contributors include Bradford Dudley Daziel, editor of Sarton Selected: An Anthology of the Journals, Novels, and Poetry of May Sarton: Catherine Emanuel, whose work on May Sarton has appeared in A House of Poets: Poets on May Sarton’s Poetry, and Puckerbrush Review; Sandra Gilbert, coeditor of No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century; Carolyn Heilbrun, author of Writing a Woman’s Life; Earl Ingersoll, editor of Conversations with May Sarton; and many others including David Bradt, Charlotte Mandel, Phyllis Mannocchi, Stephen Robitaille, Maurya Simon.This may be ordered from Puckerbrush Press,76 Main Street,Orono ME 04473
  • Understanding May Sarton: by Mark K. Fulk, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli, ISBN 1-57003-422-2 ©2001 University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina 29208.Mark K. Fulk, assistant professor of English and theater arts at John Brown Universtity, provides a comprehensive study of the poetry, fiction and memoirs of May Sarton.