By May Sarton
“Reporting from front traces at the author’s day-by-day conflict with a physique and a brain that more and more refuse to cooperate, At Eighty-Two captures this fight with a simplicity, attractiveness and power that's attribute of its writer and her life of work.” ―Philadelphia urban Paper
may perhaps Sarton's eagerly awaited journals have recorded her existence as a unmarried, lady author and, in later years, as a girl confronting previous age. She accomplished this pilgrimage via her eighty-second yr a couple of months prior to she died in 1995.
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