Sylvia Plath

***Happy Birthday,Sylvia Plath…!!!*** She was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956; they lived together in the United States and then England, and had two children, Frieda and Nicholas. Plath suffered from depression for much of her adult life, and in 1963 she committed suicide. Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy. Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. Plath’s landscape poetry, which she wrote throughout her life, has been described as “a rich and important area of her work that is often overlooked … some of the best of which was written about the Yorkshire moors.” Her September 1961 poem “Wuthering Heights” takes its title from the Emily Bronte novel, but its content and style is Plath’s own particular vision of the Pennine landscape.

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