A Long Overdue Comprehensive Biography of Sylvia Plath

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Used or new @ SecondSale.com), by Heather Clark Now she is flyingMore terrible than she ever was, redScar in the sky, red cometOver the engine that killed her—The mausoleum, the wax house The book I most surprised myself by reading last year was Red... Continue Reading →

A Dual Biography Looks at the Lingering Impact of Anne and Sylvia

Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz, by Gail Crowther Both were emerging poets, and both were hugely ambitious women in a cultural moment that did not know how to deal with ambitious women. Author and biographer specialized in studies of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath (cool job alert) Gail Crowther weaves together the groundbreaking similarities... Continue Reading →

Essays on Famous Lives and Perceived Parallels

Book review: All the Lives I Want, by Alana Massey New York magazine columnist and cultural critic Alana Massey writes a collection of strange but compelling essays about "her best friends who happen to be famous strangers." They're amusing, some reach impressive analytical depth, and yet they're inconsistent in hitting their mark or striking the right... Continue Reading →

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