Posts Tagged ‘Sylvia Plath’

I’m still in Plath-y state of mind — Sylvia Plath, that is (see Plath Attack for how this started).  Not because I’m having a breakdown or eying gas ovens — it’s because I’m still reading her biographies and poems and now Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes.

I wasn’t interested in Plath when Birthday Letters first came out in the late 90’s.  It didn’t much register that Hughes died only a few months after it was published.  But now — having read the biographies Bitter Fame and parts of Rough Magic and a little of Sylvia Plath: A Biography by Linda Wagner-Martin — Birthday Letters has a painfully poignant impact. (more…)


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I’ve been reading Bitter Fame, a biography of Sylvia Plath.

This is not a very smart thing to do — read anything about or by Sylvia Plath — when you are feeling a bit imbalanced yourself.  I remember reading The Bell Jar while staying with my then-boyfriend’s parents in Phoenix, a city I had never been to before, which I found ordered in its geography but almost anarchic due to the heat: big mistake.  Reading the story of Esther Greenwood’s encroaching madness made me almost as anti-social and rude as Plath was said to be in her last few years.

Reading Bitter Fame now is a very different experience.  (more…)

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