Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was born in Massachusetts on 1932 and for the most part lived a fulfilling life. She was always very fond of writing, considering the fact that she published her first poem at age eight. Intelligent, benevolent, and motivated towards her success, she was looked upon as a model figure. She excelled in school with straight A's and won prize after prize for her gift in literature. Sylvia Plath attended Smith College in 1950, receiving a scholarship from her long impressive list of publications. Throughout the duration of her college career, she wrote over four hundred poems, some of which are published today. However, Sylvia may have looked like the ideal girl on the outside, she had a number of grave personal issues underlining the surface. Sylvia gathered and published her first collection of poetry in 1960, The Colossus. Ted (her husband) left her for another woman that same year, and Sylvia slipped into a deep depression. While struggling with her mental illness, Sylvia wrote The Bell Jar (1963), her most popular work of literature and her only autobiographical novel. It was based on her life and made reference to her her first suicidal attempt in college. On February 11th, 1963, Sylvia Plath committed suicide using cooking gas. She was only 30 years young and a victim of depression her whole life. Two years after her death, Ariel, a collection of her last poems, was published.


In 1982, Sylvia was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Collected Poems, which contained everything she wrote after 1956.She was the very first author to win a Pulitzer Prize after death.

Major Works

The Bell Jar Ariel The Colossus The Collected Poems Crossing the waterLeaving Early


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Sylvia Plath

October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963

Gifted: yet troubled poet.

"But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion."- Sylvia Plath


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