|Plot Summary of Journal of Solitude|
|"This is the second journal written by May Sarton. The previous journal covered the poet's decision to stop sharing a house with her long time lover Judith Matlack and to move into a house of her own following the death of her parents. During this period May Sarton was undergoing a very productive period in terms of her writing and reviewing and felt that she needed solitude in order to write.
The period of the books covers dealing with the death of her parents, personal depression, the results of the ending of her physical relationship with Judy, the struggle to produce poetry and her intimate relationship with her garden. The main theme of the book is her struggle to obtain the solitude she thinks she needs in order to write and the people who come into her life during this period.
Sarton's body of work is heavy reading, but in her journals she achieves a lightness of touch that makes you want to rush to the end to see if she achieves what she wants. "Solitude" is probably one of the best known and most easily digested works by this much understudied writer. "
Lynn Bradshaw, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Journal of Solitude|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- midlife crisis
Period of greatest activity?
Loss of loved one?
Which loved one?
Subject of Biography
- emotionally unstable
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 10 ()
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 76-100% of book
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