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Plath, Sylvia

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Born: 1932 AD
Died: 1963 AD, at 30 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Essayists, Novelists, Poets

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1932 - Born on October 27th in Boston, Massachusetts. An American poet and novelist whose best-known works are preoccupied with alienation, death, and self-destruction.

1951 - She entered Smith College on a scholarship.

1952 - A co-winner of the Mademoiselle magazine fiction contest.

1955 - She graduated from Smith with highest honors and went on to Newnham College in Cambridge, England, on a Fulbright fellowship.

1956 - Married Ted Hughes, an English poet whom she met at Cambridge, on June 16th.

1957-1958 - For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College.

1960 - Her first collection of poems appeared as "The Colossus".

1963 - After a burst of productivity, Plath took her own life. Died on February 11th in London, England.

         - Her second book, a strongly autobiographical novel titled "The Bell Jar", was published under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas.” The book describes the mental breakdown, attempted suicide, and eventual recovery of a young college girl.

1965-1981 - "Ariel", a collection of her later poems, helped spark the growth of something of a cult devoted to Plath.

         - The reissue of "The Bell Jar" under her own name and the appearance of small collections of previously unpublished poems, including "Crossing the Water" and "Winter Trees", were welcomed by critics and the public alike.

         - "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams", a book of short stories and prose, was published, and "The Collected Poems", which includes many previously unpublished poems, appeared.

2000 - Plath kept a journal for much of her life, "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath", was published.


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