The House by the Sea Book Summary and Study Guide

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"The House by the Sea" is one of a seriess of journal swritten for publication by the poet May Sarton. This book follows "Plant Dreaming Deep" and "A Journal of Solitude" and concerns the first few years of her life when she moved from a small village in New England to New York in order to escape her problems. In this book she deals with the loss of her long time partner to senility, her struggles with her temper and with the events that have affected her life and career. In the book she is candid about her temper tantrums, her need for solitude which clashes with her need to give lectures in order to earn money, the problems of loving someone who no longer has any memory of their shared past, and her fears of growing old and frail.
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It is not an easy book to read as the author lays her depression and fears cleanly on the page. I read this book feeling both challenged by the intensity of May Sarton's suffering and happier that in her sixties she was beginning to come to terms with herself.
The review of this Book prepared by Lynn Bradshaw

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Plot & Themes

Gender/Class story?    -   old people story Family, ill    -   Yes Who?    -   wife because he/she is    -   mentally ill Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   lesbianism Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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