Sylvia Plath

Novelist, Author

1932 – 1963

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Who was Sylvia Plath?

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956; they lived together in the United States and then England, and had two children, Frieda and Nicholas. Plath suffered from depression for much of her adult life, and in 1963 she committed suicide. Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy.

Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death.

Famous Quotes:

  • Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call.
  • To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.

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Born
Oct 27, 1932
Jamaica Plain
Also known as
  • Plath, Sylvia
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Unitarian Christianity
Ethnicity
  • White American
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Smith College
    ( - 1955/06)
  • University of Cambridge
  • Boston University
  • Newnham College, Cambridge
Employment
  • Smith College
Lived in
  • Boston
  • London
Died
Feb 11, 1963
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013