Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 0307961168
EAN13: 9780307961167
Language: English
Pages: 1152
Dimensions: 1.88" H x 9.25" L x 6.25" W
Weight: 3.71 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Finally, the biography that Sylvia Plath deserves . . . A spectacular achievement. --Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

*Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography*

The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art.

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s.

Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a Read More chevron_right

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