Guide to the May Sarton Papers, 1940-1977
Collection number: MS 164
About May Sarton
Poet and novelist who lived in Nelson NH and York ME. Buried in Nelson.
About the May Sarton Papers
Fifteen letters written by May Sarton, poet and novelist, between 1940 and 1977 to various people. Six of the letters are to Llewellyn Jones, a former literary editor of the Chicago Evening Post and later editor of the Christian Register, a magazine associated with the Unitarian church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Another six letters are to Agnes Swift, for many years the librarian at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, where Sarton attended school until the end of ninth grade. An additional two letters are to both Swift and her close friend Alice Thorp, who worked as a secretary at Shady Hill, and the remaining letter is to Anne Longfellow Thorp, Alice’s sister, and an English teacher at Shady Hill who was a lifelong mentor and friend of May’s. She was the model for the protagonist in Sarton’s novel The Magnificent Spinster. Two color photographs of Anne are also included.
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[Identification of item], May Sarton Papers, 1940-1977, MS 164, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
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