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Guide to the May Sarton Letters, 1940-1977

Collection number: MS 164

Size: 31 items
(0.10 cu.ft.)


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.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], May Sarton Papers, 1940-1977, MS 164, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

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