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With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley,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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   She doesn't breathe.
This thousand-page biography tells every breath Plath took and all I can say in this minute detail is that she hadn't lived until fifty, the biography would rival Proust. I would call this a great 300-page biography, told in 1,100 pages. And as a great poet, I am always interested in what makes someone a genius and all mostbios can do is tell me how someone they often reject, fell in love with someone and hung out at the Hot Shoppe. The latest is a 1000-page bio about Pessoa, a writer that most people have never heard of, which as reviewed also tells what it was like to live 100 years ago in Portugal. Who has a burning desire to understand the milieu of a genius that they never read? Well, have a nice day, A.
   Perhaps the best biography I've ever read...
... but also a painful experience. The research on this was detailed and meticulous and the insights into Plath's poetry are excellent. But after reading this for a couple of weeks now, I am prepared to be done. I'm feeling as if I am living her last days, and it's hard.