Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Plath is credited with being a pioneer of the 20th-century style of writing called confessional poetry. Her poem "Daddy" is one of the best-known examples of this genre.

In 1963, Plath's semi-autobiographic novel The Bell Jar was published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas; it was reissued in 1966 under her own name. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963." (

Sylvia Plath is the quintessential poet of the millennial experience. Her role as a timeless voice for our generation is bound up with the tragedy and mystique of her life—after all, she killed herself when she was only 31 and so, in memory, remains perpetually young. Her classic confessional novel, The Bell Jar, brutally depicted the way, at the cusp of adulthood, we can be horrifically paralyzed by the prospect of endless possibility, and how that paralysis can turn possibility into decay. The poems on which her reputation rests—published posthumously in Ariel—were written in a frenzy when she was 29 turning 30.

However, few people know that Plath was also an adroit and passionate visual artist. .. The detailed ink drawings of everyday objects and scenes in this new book reveal not only the care Plath paid to her surroundings, but also the care she paid to the task of drawing. In a 1956 letter to her fiancé Ted Hughes, she described drawing as a therapeutic meditation: "It gives me..."

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