An American author of novels, journals, and essays, May Sarton saw herself as a poet first. From the 1930s on, when she published her first sonnets, till her death in 1995, she was a prolific writer who strove for universality and developed a keen interest in interpersonal relationships, the cycles of nature and their effect on artistic creativity, the merits and dangers of solitude, and, most importantly, the process and cultural perceptions of aging.

The only child of George Sarton, a historian of science, and Eleanor Mabel Elwes, a professional designer of furniture and textiles, Eléanore Marie Sarton was born in Wondelgem, Belgium in 1912. Fleeing the advancing Germans in WW 1, the family moved to Cambridge, …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Henneberg, Sylvia. "May Sarton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 February 2009
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]