19-Year-Old Sylvia Plath on the Transcendent Splendor of Nature
“No matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in…
The Moment Sylvia Plath Found Her Genius
The voluminous critical conversation about Sylvia Plath has tended to orbit a few topics: her suicide, of course, and the ways mental illness and madness perhaps predicted her death and marked her …
Sylvia Plath in New York: 'pain, parties and work'
Sylvia Plath travelled to New York City in June 1953 full of anticipation about a guest editorship at Mademoiselle magazine. She was to return home a changed person, as this extract from Andrew Wilson's biography reveals
Sylvia Plath: Life of the Talented Tragic Poet Through Amazing Photos
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Boston, she studied at Smith College and Newnham Co...
From the Archive: Sylvia Plath in Mademoiselle Magazine, 1959
This archival document comes courtesy of Mademoiselle magazine, a now-defunct lifestyle magazine that advertised itself as “the magazine for smart young women.” By 1953, the magazine’s circulation amounted to more than 500,000, and it was known for featuring both established writers (e.g., Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Dylan Thomas) and new writers, such as Sylvia Plath, who won the Mademoiselle Fiction Contest in 1952. The following year, she served as a guest editor and lived in…
Sylvia Plath, Admonitions
Sylvia Plath (1932–63) was an American poet and novelist whose best-known works explore the themes of alienation, death, and self-destruction. Her novel, The Bell Jar, is strongly autobiographical, and her later poems, such as ‘Daddy’ and ‘Lady Lazarus,’ show great power and pathos borne on flashes of incisive wit.
Manuscript outline of chapters for The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Explore the 'Manuscript outline of chapters for The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath', on the British Library's website.
9 Timeless Sylvia Plath Quotes That Will Hit You Hard
Sylvia Plath is a renowned poet and author of The Bell Jar. We bring 9 Sylvia Plath Quotes that will build up an emotional whirl inside your soul.
The Quicksand of Existence: Sylvia Plath on Life, Death, Hope, and Happiness
“The present is forever, and forever is always shifting, flowing, melting. This second is life. And when it is gone it is dead.”