Recovering Published In Japan

This photograph, “Reading Her Mail”, appears on the cover of the Japanese translation of May Sarton’s journal, Recovering, published by Misuzu Shobo, Ltd. in Japan. It has fooled (not intentionally on my part) quite a few people, including that publisher and Sarton herself. When, I showed May this image along with many other of my photos that I considered using in From May Sarton’s Well, I noticed she seemed puzzled, perhaps thinking that some things about it were familiar, others strange. It was not her Victorian chair, it was not her dog, Tamas, the room was not hers, but the woman’s hair was very much like hers and the chair was similar to hers. Actually, the photograph is of my mother in her home with her Brittany spaniel.

In 2002 I received a letter from the Foreign Rights person of Misuzu Shobo, Ltd. requesting my permission to use my photograph on the cover of their edition of Recovering. I immediately guessed that they assumed the woman in it was May Sarton herself. Evidently they did not check the “Photograph References” in the appendix of From May Sarton’s Well. It was because of May’s puzzling over this photo that I decided I should include that section in case other readers wondered if it was May reading her mail.

In 2002 I received a letter from the Foreign Rights person of Misuzu Shobo, Ltd. requesting my permission to use my photograph on the cover of their edition of Recovering. I immediately guessed that they assumed the woman in it was May Sarton herself. Evidently they did not check the “Photograph References” in the appendix of From May Sarton’s Well. It was because of May’s puzzling over this photo that I decided I should include that section in case other readers wondered if it was May reading her mail.

The picture is on page 117 in the chapter focused on”Time”.