Dear Juliette: Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley

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W. W. Norton, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
May Sarton's love for Juliette Huxley, ignited that first moment she saw her in 1936, transcended sixty years of friendship, passion, rejection, silence, and reconciliation. The letters chart their meeting, May's affair with Juliette's husband Julian (brother of Aldous Huxley) before the war, her intense involvement with Juliette after the war, and the rich, ardent friendship that endured until Juliette's death. While May's intimate relationship with Julian was not a secret, May's more powerful romance with Juliette was. May's fiery passion was a seductive yet sometimes destructive force. Her feelings for and demands on Juliette were often overwhelming to them both. In fact, Juliette refused all contact with May for nearly twenty-five years. Their reconciliation, after Julian's death, wasn't so much a rekindling as it was a testament to the profound affinity between them. Theirs was a relationship rife with complications and misunderstandings but the deep love and compassion they shared for one another prevailed. Included in this book are Sarton's original drafts of an introduction to these letters.

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Poet Sarton had an affair with Julian Huxley (biologist and brother of novelist Aldous) in the 1930s, then switched her allegiance to Huxley's wife, Juliette. Their stormy relationship spanned 60 ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

May Sarton (1912-1995) was an acclaimed poet, novelist, and memoirist.

Susan Sherman lived with May Sarton during her weekends, academic breaks, and summers, and assisted with Sarton's writing and correspondence during her life. She currently lives in New York City.

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