The conceptual book reviewer has these contributions to make: (a) placing the book's subject matter in its appropriate disciplinary framework; (b) assessing the achievement of the author's stated purposes or implied goals; (c) noting the volume's subject matter contributions to the discipline; (d) writing a critical commentary judiciously scaled by stated criteria; and (e) writing the conceptual book review with good humor (Kamerman, 1978; Sarton
, 1950; Wolfe, 1998).
The development continued at a decelerated pace for two more centuries (Sarton
, 1927-1948; Sezgin, 1983 and ff).
It's the Age of the Candid Memoir, such as May Sarton
's Journal of a Solitude (Norton, 1973), Annie Dillard's The Writing Life (HarperCollins, 1989), Jill Ker Conway's True North (Vintage, 1995), Kathleen Norris' Amazing Grace (Riverhead, 1998), Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation (Penguin, 1989), and Nancy Mairs' Voice Lessons (Beacon, 1994).
As poet May Sarton
wrote, "Form is always a safety." Giselle is a jewel of form.
In effect, we become more "sedimental", our feelings possessing a richness and range that would have been impossible in childhood and adolescence.(4) "As life goes on," observes May Sarton
, "it becomes more intense because there are tremendous numbers of associations and so many memories" (1981, p.
While theorizing and intellectualizing diary- and journal-keeping as it was practiced by well-known authors (such as May Sarton
) and obscure women alike, the authors of the fifteen essays include enough details and snippets of the diaries they "deconstruct" to keep both a scholarly and general audience happily engaged in the lives of the featured diarists.
, formerly counsellor (Investment) at the Canadian Embassy in Bonn, is at present giving readings in German schools from his recently published autobiographical book.
(40) According to Sarton
, he is probably Theodore of Antioch.
Before her death in 1995, the writer May Sarton
assisted Margo Peters with the task of preparing a biography of her long life.
One wonders, for example, if recent British fiction has equivalents to such American experimental, postmodern academic novels as John Barth's Giles Goat-boy and Don DeLillo's White Noise; to such eloquent and intellectually rich meditations on the "two cultures" of the contemporary university as May Sarton
's Faithful are the Wounds and John Updike's Roger's Version; or to such probing, psychological studies of the female academic's struggle with the problems of profession and selfhood as Joyce Carol Oates's Unholy Loves and Gale Godwin's The Odd Woman.
The work went through many editions: that in the Osler Library, which is one of the earliest, was printed "not later than 1478." Among the writers whom he quotes most frequently is the almost unknown writer of a very early encyclopedia, Arnoldus Saxo (see Sarton
, 1931, for references to the literature concerning this author), whose work De Finibus Rerum Naturalium was written between 1220 and 1230.
(Witness May Sarton
's moving testimony to Le Gallienne's visionary performance as Hilda in The Master Builder in the book's foreword versus George Jean Nathan's carping homophobic critical diatribe cited throughout the book.)