May Sarton's eagerly awaited journals have recorded her life as a single, woman writer--and, in later years, as a woman confronting old age. This chronicle of her pilgrimage through her 82nd year was completed a few months before she died in 1995. Illustrations.
When Laura Spelman learns that she will not get well, she looks on this last illness as a journey during which she must reckon up her life, give up the nonessential, and concentrate on what she calls "the real connections."
Sarton's memoir begins with her roots in a Belgian childhood and describes her youth and education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her coming-of-age years, and the people who influenced her life as a writer.
Anxiously embarking on her first teaching job, Lucy Winter arrives at a New England women's college and shortly finds herself in the thick of a crisis: she had discovered a dishonest act committed by a brilliant student who is a protegee of a powerful faculty member.
In this, her bestselling journal, May Sarton writes with keen observation and emotional courage of both inner and outer worlds: a garden, the seasons, daily life in New Hampshire, books, people, ideas-and throughout everything, her spiritual and artistic journey.