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May Sarton, York, 1985

May Sarton, York, 1985

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Maine Historical Society

May Sarton (1912-1995), a native of Belgium, moved to York in 1973 and lived there until her death.

She wrote more than 50 books, including novels, poetry, and journals. Among them are "Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Sing," written in 1965, and known as Sarton's "coming out" novel.

Well-known among her journals are "Journal of a Solitude," "At Seventy" and "At Eighty."


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