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Sylvia Plath

By: Linda Wagner-Martin
Narrated by: Xe Sands
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Sylvia Plath is widely recognized as one of the outstanding poets of the 20th century. When her Collected Poems was published it won the Pulitzer Prize. Her only published novel, The Bell Jar, has become a modern classic.

Because Plath drew so heavily on her own life in both her poetry and her fiction, the outlines of her life are familiar to listeners. But, like most writers, Plath changed the facts of her life in her writing. In her determination to be both wife and mother, on the one hand, and teacher and writer on the other, Plath tried simultaneously to fulfill and to fight the conventions that bound women in the 1950s. In this biography, the first to draw on unpublished journals and letters recently made available, Linda Wagner-Martin examines the ironies and contradictions of Sylvia Plath's life, as well as her achievements.

©1987 Linda Wagner-Martin (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 04-27-21

Good Overview

The book is a good overview if you have not read anything about her life and not too bad even if you have read other books on Plath. Red Comet is far superior if you are looking for detail. I have read many books over the years about her life and this is one of the better in some respects but in many others it is dramatically abbreviated. The narrator selection was very odd to the point where I listened to other samples of her work to see if her speech was unique to this book or just her. It was the latter and for me, not well suited for nonfiction.

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