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Sylvia Plath- Brief Bio

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

Sylvia Plath was born in Boston in 1932. She began writing poetry as a child and wrote stories from her mid-teens. Married her contemporary writer Ted Hughes and had two children Ferida and Nicholas. She died by suicide in 1963. The Bell Jar is her only novel and was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. Her notable works are The Colossus and Ariel. Plath suffered from depression in her youth and has undergone a lot of treatments. When she died she was still the legally married wife of Ted Hughes. Plath's gravestone bears the inscription that Hughes chose for her "Even amidst fierce flames the golden lotus can be planted."

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