Dear Juliette: Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley

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W. W. Norton & Company, 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, silence, and reconciliation. In the breadth and variation of these letters, we see Sarton in all her complexities and are privy to the nuances of her rich amitie amoureuse with Juliette, the preeminent muse and most enduring love of her life. 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 ardent and life-enhancing friendship that endured between them until Juliette's death. While May's intimate relationship with Julian had not been a secret, her more powerful emotions for Juliette had. May's fiery passion was a seductive yet sometimes destructive force. Her feelings for and demands on Juliette were often overwhelming to them both. Indeed, Juliette refused all contact with May for nearly twenty-five years, the consequence of May's impulsive threat to tell Julian of their intimacy. The silence was devastating to May, but her love for Juliette never diminished. Their reconciliation after Julian's death was not so much a rekindling as it was a testament to the profound affinities between them.
 

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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

Contents

Foreword by Francis Huxley
13
Ibsen Henrik
51
Ilma Viola 14
58
In a Dry Land Sarton 141
68
Menen Aubrey Clarence 206
78
Isherwood Christopher 85
83
Ivy Gripped the Steps Bowen 143 145
98
Miller Henry
117
Molnar Stephen and Dorothy 334
216
Jacoby Irving 127
229
Moore Henry 270 272
245
New Yorker The 38 44 52 60 184
284
New York Times The 201 309 322 357
309
Nicolson Benedict 74 7677
334
Working Drafts of Introductions by May Sarton
343
Acknowledgments
387

Milton John 298
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