The House by the Sea: A Journal

by May Sarton

Other authorsBeverly Hallam (Photographer)
Paperback, 1995




W. W. Norton & Company (1995)


May Sarton charts her second act in Maine in this graceful elegy about life, love, work, and growing older When May Sarton uprooted her life after fifteen years in the refurbished New Hampshire house with the garden she tended so lovingly, she relied solely on instinct. And something told her it was time to move on. Accompanied by her wild cat, Bramble, and Tamas, a Shetland shepherd puppy-the first dog she ever owned-Sarton embarked on the next chapter of her life. The house she chose by the sea in the Maine village of York is completely isolated except during the summer months. Surrounded by nothing but endless ocean, woods, and vast skies, Sarton experiences a rare sense of peace. She creates a new garden and fears that in this tranquil state, she may never write again. But in her solitude-with its occasional interruptions for trips away and visits from friends-she realizes that creativity is constantly renewing itself. This journal offers fascinating insight into a remarkable woman and the work and friendships that form the twin pillars of her life. This ebook features an extended biography of May Sarton.… (more)

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LibraryThing member maiadeb
Lovely book full of image, scents, ideas and living.
LibraryThing member christinejoseph
excellent ___ of 3 yrs on Maine Coast

Here she found the peace and aloneness she sought—and partly feared. The journal records the renewing of her life and work in this place.


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