Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

BiographySylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 into a wealthy family in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts, right outside of Boston. She spent her college years at Smith College where she succeeded and took an internship for a magazine in New York City. The internship did not go as planned and she began her downward spiral of depression. She attempted her first suicide in 1953 by taking her mother's sleeping pills and spending 3 days in a crawl space below her house. Soon after, she was put into psychiactric care where she recieved electroconvulsive therapy. After getting out of therapy, she recieved a Fulbright Scholarship to Newnham College in Cambridge, England. She spend her early adult life in England writing poetry and short stories until she met her husband Ted Hughes. She and Hughes had two children together- Frieda in 1960 and Nicholas in 1962. During this time, Plath published her first book of poetry, The Colossus. Plath and Hughes marriage ended in 1962 due to an affair between Hughes and another woman. Plath published The Bell Jar, her first and only novel depicting her early childhood and first suicide attempt, and Ariel, her last book of poetry, about a year before her death in 1963.

Sylvia Plath's Death: Sylvia Plath was found dead form carbon monoxide poisoning on February 11, 1963. She was found in her kitchen with her head in the oven, the gas on. Before she died, she put wet towells under the doors to the kitchen to keep her sleeping children safe in the next room.

Quote: So, now I shall talk every night. To myself. To the mood. I shall walk, as I did tonight, jealous of my loneliness, in the blue-silver of the cold moon, shining brilliantly on the drifts of fresh-fallen snow, with the myriad sparkles. I talk to myself and look at the dark trees, blessedly neutral. So much easier than facing people, than having to look happy, invulnerable, clever.


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