May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), a prolific American poet, novelist and memoirist. A Belgian-American, she is considered an important contemporary figure in American literature, as well as a 'poet's poet', and is lauded by literary and feminist critics for her works addressing themes in gender, sexuality, and universality.
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Joy, happiness . . . we do not question. They are beyond question, maybe. A matter of being. But pain forces us to think, and to make connections, . . . to discover what has been happening to cause it. And, curiously enough, pain draws us to other human beings in a significant way, whereas joy or happiness, to some extent, isolates.