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American Isis : the life and art of Sylvia Plath

Author: Carl E Rollyson
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of legend. Educated at Smith, Plath had a conflicted relationship with her mother. She married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the sturm und drang of literary celebrity. Her poems were fought over, rejected--and ultimately embraced by readers everywhere. At age thirty she committed suicide. Ariel, a collection of poems she wrote at white-hot speed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sylvia Plath; Sylvia Plath; Sylvia Plath
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carl E Rollyson
ISBN: 9780312640248 0312640242 9781250023155 1250023157
OCLC Number: 812018021
Description: xiv, 319 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Primordial child of time (1932-50) --
Mistress of all the elements (1950-53) --
Queen of the dead (1953-55) --
I am nature (1955-57) --
Queen of the ocean (1957-59) --
The universal mother (1960-62) --
Queen also of the immortals (1962-63) --
In the temple of Isis: among the hierophants (1963- ) --
Appendix A: Sylvia Plath and Carl Jung --
Appendix B: Sylvia's Plath's library --
Appendix C: David Wevill --
Appendix D: Elizabeth Compton Sigmund.
Other Titles: Life and art of Sylvia Plath
Responsibility: Carl Rollyson.

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The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of legend. Educated at Smith, Plath had a conflicted relationship with her mother. She married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the sturm und drang of literary celebrity. Her poems were fought over, rejected--and ultimately embraced by readers everywhere. At age thirty she committed suicide. Ariel, a collection of poems she wrote at white-hot speed during her final months, became a modern classic. Her novel, The Bell Jar, has become a part of the literary canon. On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, Carl Rollyson gives us a new biography that shows her as a powerful figure who embraced both high and low culture, a writer who wanted nothing less than to become central to the mythology of modern consciousness. This is the first biography of Plath to use materials newly deposited in the Ted Hughes archive at the British Library--including 41 letters between Plath and Hughes--to create a fresh and startling look at this American icon.--From publisher description.

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