Sylvia Plath
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‘I could write a terrific novel. The tone is the problem. I’d like it to be serious, tragic, yet gay & rich & creative’ -

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An introduction to The Bell Jar

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‘Lady Lazarus’ is one of a group of poems that Sylvia Plath composed in an astonishing burst of creativity in the autumn of 1962. That summer she and her husband Ted Hughes had separated after seven years of marriage. Plath found herself alone with two very young children in Court Green, the old thatched house in the village of North Tawton, Devon. These poems, like her letters from this...
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A close reading of ‘Lady Lazarus’

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Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath died in London, England on this day in 1963.
Today is the 54th anniversary of the death of Sylvia Plath.
Plath’s journals reveal that she was determined to walk the world ‘with every pore open’ and to write with ‘unselfconscious brazenness’ (p. 518). In her class at Boston University in 1959, Plath realises that her ‘voice must change to be heard’; it must be ‘brash’ and ‘concrete’ via The British Library

Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath

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Poet Sylvia Plath's only novel THE BELL JAR was first published on this day in 1963. The book was originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas".

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
―from THE BELL JAR
This grey-blue school exercise book contains two drafts of ‘A Pink Wool Knitted Dress’, a poem by Ted Hughes later published in Birthday Letters. The poem is a poetic exploration of Hughes and Plath’s wedding day in 1956. Like many poems in the collection, it is self-consciously framed as a memory but it also brings the act of recollection into question. In the published poem, for instance,...
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Manuscript drafts of 'A Pink Wool Knitted Dress' by Ted Hughes

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"I’m no more your mother
Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
Effacement at the wind’s hand."
--from "Morning Song" by Sylvia Plath
Celebrating the life and work of Sylvia Plath on the 84th anniversary of her birth.

"Daddy"

You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.

Daddy, I have had to kill you.
You died before I had time——
Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,
Ghastly statue with one gray toe ...
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Today is the 84th anniversary of the birth of Sylvia Plath.

"The Colossus"

I shall never get you put together entirely,
Pieced, glued, and properly jointed.
Mule-bray, pig-grunt and bawdy cackles
Proceed from your great lips.
It’s worse than a barnyard.

Perhaps you consider yourself an oracle,
Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other.
Thirty years now I have labored
To dredge the...
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: "The story of poet Plath’s first and only novel – Plath committed suicide a month after publication; her husband, Ted Hughes, kept it from being published in the US for nearly a decade – often overshadow the work itself. Dark, perceptive, and as immediate as other classics of young adult alienation like Catcher in the Rye, this novel captures the isolation of the...
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20 Authors' First Books to Read in Your Twenties

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The Melancholia actor is to make her directorial debut with a version of Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel

Kirsten Dunst to direct The Bell Jar starring Dakota Fanning

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A close reading of 'Ariel'

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: "A favorite of high school English classes, this book was not published in the U.S. until years after the poet’s own death by suicide. In this autobiographical novel, Plath describes the experiences of Esther Greenwood, a talented young writer who wins an internship at a New York magazine (just as Plath did) yet finds little meaning in anything that happens, and...
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The Black Dog: 6 Books to Understand Depression

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