May Sarton was born on May 3, 1912, in Wondelgem, Belgium, and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her first volume of poetry, Encounters in April, was published in 1937 and her first novel, The Single Hound, in 1938. An accomplished memoirist, Sarton boldly came out as a lesbian in her 1965 book Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing. Her later memoir, Journal of a Solitude, was an account of her experiences as a female artist. Sarton died in York, Maine, on July 16, 1995.
May Sarton is the author of books: Journal of a Solitude, The House by the Sea, The Fur Person, As We Are Now, Plant Dreaming Deep, Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, At Seventy: A Journal, A Reckoning, Recovering: A Journal, The Education of Harriet Hatfield