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That great sanity : critical essays on May Sarton

Author: Susan Swartzlander; Marilyn R Mumford
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection of original essays represents the first book-length consideration of May Sarton's contributions to American literature and culture. In the course of her long and prolific career, Sarton has published nearly fifty books, yet has largely been ignored by book reviewers and others in the critical establishment. Although she is primarily known as a novelist and poet, it is probably her journals (including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
That great sanity.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)623399699
Named Person: May Sarton; May Sarton; May Sarton; May Sarton
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Swartzlander; Marilyn R Mumford
ISBN: 0472102591 9780472102594
OCLC Number: 26764483
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Poets and friends: the correspondence of May Sarton and Louise Bogan / Elizabeth Evans --
May sarton's lyric strategy / William Drake --
Rebirthing genesis: May Sarton and contemporary feminist fiction / Marilyn R. Mumford --
The artist and her domestic muse: May Sarton, Miriam Schapiro, Audrey Flack / Janet Catherine Berlo --
"The subtle exchange of a life": May Sarton's feminist aesthetics / Susan Swartzlander --
"Toward durable fire": the solitary muse of May Sarton / Mary K. DeShazer --
"Seeing with fresh eyes": a study of May Sarton's Journals / Jeanne Braham --
"To say radical things gently": art and lesbianism in Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing / K. Graehme Hall --
Double discourse: Gilman, Sarton, and the subversive text / Barbara Bair --
Saving the audience: patterns of reader response to May Sarton's work / Carol Virginia Pohli --
A decade of creativity and critical reception: a May Sarton bibliography / Nancy S. Weyant.
Responsibility: edited by Susan Swartzlander and Marilyn R. Mumford.

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This collection of original essays represents the first book-length consideration of May Sarton's contributions to American literature and culture. In the course of her long and prolific career, Sarton has published nearly fifty books, yet has largely been ignored by book reviewers and others in the critical establishment. Although she is primarily known as a novelist and poet, it is probably her journals (including At Seventy, House by the Sea, Journal of a Solitude, Recovering) that have received the most praise and are responsible for Sarton's position as an increasingly important cultural figure, especially among women readers of the last two decades. As Carolyn Heilbrun observed in her book Writing a Woman's Life, May Sarton's fame at age seventy-five was greater than it had ever been. The twelve essays in That Great Sanity work together to provide theoretical and critical contexts that make possible a more judicious assessment of Sarton's achievement than has been available previously. Maureen McCarthy's introduction traces the history of Sarton criticism over the past fifty years, including the recent surge of interest in her work. Also included in the volume is a selection of letters representing the remarkable correspondence between the young May Sarton and the woman she considered her mentor, poet Louise Bogan. Nancy Weyant's bibliography of Sarton criticism brings previous bibliographies up to date. The remaining essays provide a variety of perspectives, including feminist, literary/historical, reader-response, lesbian, and archetypal, that reveal Sarton's very significant contributions to contemporary literature and culture.

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