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May Sarton Discusses Solitude and Mythology in Her Writing.

Writer May Sarton. For many readers, Sarton is a heroic figure for her decision to expose her lesbianism in the early 60s, long before it society was tolerant of the gay life, and also for her decision to lead a life of solitude. The author of over 35 novels, books of poetry and essays, Sarton is probably best known for her journals, Recovering, and At Seventy. Her most recent book of poems, The Silence Now, explores themes from the solitude of the aging, to AIDS, to world peace.

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Other segments from the episode on July 7, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 7, 1989: Interview with May Sarton; Commentary on Public Enemy; Interview with Chris Burden; Review of recent comedy shows by black women.

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