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Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

Autor(a) de The Bell Jar

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Sylvia Plath's best poetry was produced, tragically, as she pondered self-destruction---in her poems as well as her life---and she eventually committed suicide. She had an extraordinary impact on British as well as American poetry in the few years before her death, and affected many poets, mostrar mais particularly women, in the generation after. She is a confessional poet, influenced by the approach of Robert Lowell. Born in Boston, a graduate of Smith College, Plath attended Newnham College, Cambridge University, on a Fulbright Fellowship and married the British poet Ted Hughes. Of her first collection,The Colossus and Other Poems (1962), the Times Literary Supplement remarked, "Plath writes from phrase to phrase as well as with an eye on the larger architecture of the poem; each line, each sentence is put together with a good deal of care for the springy rhythm, the arresting image and---most of all, perhaps---the unusual word." Plath's second book of poetry, Ariel, written in 1962 in a last fever of passionate creative activity, was published posthumously in 1965 and explores dimensions of women's anger and sexuality in groundbreaking new ways. Plath's struggles with women's issues, in the days before the second wave of American feminism, became legendary in the 1970s, when a new generation of women readers and writers turned to her life as well as her work to understand the contradictory pressures of ambitious and talented women in the 1950s. The Bell Jar---first published under a pseudonym in 1963 and later issued under Plath's own name in England in 1966---is an autobiographical novel describing an ambitious young woman's efforts to become a "real New York writer" only to sink into mental illness and despair at her inability to operate within the narrow confines of traditional feminine expectations. Plath was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982. In recent years, there have been a number of biographies and critical evaluations of Plath's work. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Also published under the name Sylvia Plath Hughes and Victoria Lucas. Please do not combine this author page with the author page for Plath, as there are other authors with that surname. thank you.

Obras por Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar (1963) — Autor — 27,447 exemplares
Ariel (1965) 4,009 exemplares
Sylvia Plath: The Collected Poems (1981) 3,865 exemplares
Ariel: The Restored Edition (2004) 1,513 exemplares
The Colossus and Other Poems (1960) 1,189 exemplares
Letters Home (1975) 767 exemplares
Crossing the Water (1971) 583 exemplares
Plath: Poems (1994) 363 exemplares
Winter Trees (1972) 328 exemplares
The Bed Book (1976) 231 exemplares
Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom (2019) 230 exemplares
The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit (1996) 124 exemplares
Sylvia Plath: Drawings (1800) 95 exemplares
Three Women (1976) 38 exemplares
Sylvia Plath Reads (1992) 36 exemplares
Lady Lazarus e altre poesie (1986) 35 exemplares
I capolavori (2004) 15 exemplares
26 poesie (Italian language) (1998) 10 exemplares
OEUVRES SYLVIA PLATH (2011) 6 exemplares
Voices & Visions (1997) 6 exemplares
Luulet (1990) 4 exemplares
Daddy [poem] (1965) 4 exemplares
Mad Girl's Love Song 4 exemplares
Beirazko kanpaia (2022) 3 exemplares
Mrs Cherry's Kitchen (2007) 3 exemplares
Mirror {poem} (1966) 3 exemplares
3 storie per bambini 3 exemplares
Max Nix (1996) 2 exemplares
La ira del águila (1987) 2 exemplares
Fiesta Melons 2 exemplares
Gunlukler (2012) 2 exemplares
Ariel ve Seçme Şiirler (2014) 2 exemplares
Liebesgedichte (2009) 2 exemplares
Lyonnesse: Poems, (1971) 2 exemplares
Two Poems (1980) 2 exemplares
Noční tance (2002) 2 exemplares
Uncollected poems 1 exemplar
Kambana e qelqtë 1 exemplar
Child: [poem] 1 exemplar
The green rock 1 exemplar
Kiraz Hanim'in Mutfagi (2015) 1 exemplar
Noveller 1 exemplar
Poesia reunida 1 exemplar
Autore donna (2004) 1 exemplar
The Colussus 1 exemplar
L'Ombre 1 exemplar
Initiation 1 exemplar
Plath Sylvia 1 exemplar
Fear of Flying (1973) 1 exemplar
Godziny nad ranem (1995) 1 exemplar
Pursuit 1 exemplar
Wreath for a Bridal (1970) 1 exemplar
Two uncollected poems (1980) 1 exemplar
Above the oxbow 1 exemplar
Le rêve de Max (2012) 1 exemplar
METHOD AND MADNESS (1976) 1 exemplar
Million dollar month (1971) 1 exemplar
Sylvia Plath versei (2002) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contribuidor — 1,228 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições902 exemplares
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (1996) — Contribuidor — 741 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 737 exemplares
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contribuidor, algumas edições544 exemplares
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Contribuidor — 443 exemplares
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contribuidor — 437 exemplares
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contribuidor, algumas edições435 exemplares
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuidor — 406 exemplares
Literature: The Human Experience (2006) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contribuidor — 319 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contribuidor — 295 exemplares
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (1936) — Contribuidor, algumas edições283 exemplares
The New Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor — 266 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Contribuidor, algumas edições263 exemplares
British Poetry Since 1945 (1970) — Contribuidor, algumas edições164 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (1973) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições108 exemplares
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contribuidor — 62 exemplares
The Vintage Book of American Women Writers (2011) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Lament for the Makers: A Memorial Anthology (1996) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Science Fiction (1973) — Autor — 41 exemplares
The Oxford Book of English Love Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1973 (1973) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1969 (1969) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Women on Nature (2021) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
AQA Anthology (2002) — Autor, algumas edições19 exemplares
Loss: An Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Possibilities of Poetry: An Anthology of American Contemporaries (1970) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Modern Poets: Four (1968) — Autor — 17 exemplares
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Of Leaf and Flower: Stories and Poems for Gardeners (2001) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Poetry anthology (2000) — Contribuidor, algumas edições6 exemplares
The Bell Jar [1979 film] (1979) — Autor — 5 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4, December 1976 (1976) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Modern Short Stories in English (Literature for Life) (1993) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Winter's Tales 15 (1969) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
American Short Stories (Oxford Literature Resources) (1992) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Månen : fra den indre verden til det ydre rum (2018) — Autor, algumas edições1 exemplar
Fyra amerikanska klassiker från Novellix (2017) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
In'hui, No.9 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Manpareka Kehi Kavita (2001) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

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Hughes, Sylvia Plath
Outros nomes
Lucas, Victoria
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Heptonstall Parish Churchyard, West Yorkshire, England, UK,
Local de nascimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Causa da morte
Locais de residência
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA
Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
London, England, UK
Devon, England, UK (mostrar todos 8)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Smith College (AB|English|1955)
Newnham College, Cambridge (MA)
short-story writer
Hughes, Ted (echtg.)
Hughes, Frieda (dochter)
Lowell, Robert (docent)
Alvarez, Al (vriend)
Sexton, Anne (vriendin)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Glascock Poetry Prize (1955)
Fulbright Fellowship (Cambridge, 1955)
Pulitzer Prize (1982)

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Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. In 1981 The Collected Poems were published, including many previously unpublished works. For this collection Plath was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1982, making her the first to receive this honour posthumously.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Plath studied at Smith College in Massachusetts and at Newnham College in Cambridge, England. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956, and they lived together in the United States and then in England. They had two children before separating in 1962.

Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy. She died by suicide in 1963.
Nota de desambiguação
Also published under the name Sylvia Plath Hughes and Victoria Lucas.

Please do not combine this author page with the author page for Plath, as there are other authors with that surname. thank you.



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Where do I begin with this book? At first I was skeptical of the plot and the protagonist...but the more I read the more I became emotionally invested in the story.

This book touches on so many topics, it's impossible to label just one single theme. Mental illness, feminism, reality v. dreaming, and just the overall addressing of the state run mental institutions are still so relevant to today. Additionally having lost my grandmother to dementia and Alzheimer's disease...this book hit close to home for me and help me to better understand , even through an unreliable narrator, what a person goes through when "loosing" one's mind.

I highly recommend this book!!!
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KrabbyPattyCakes | 485 outras críticas | Dec 3, 2023 |
Like most young women of my generation, I read The Bell Jar in my early 20s or thereabouts.

It's a wonder we didn't all go out and drown ourselves.

Although i remember the writing, in places, was exquisite, the overall feel of the novel was of descending into a nightmare in which the ordinary experiences of life became alien and terrifying.
Karen5Lund | 485 outras críticas | Dec 1, 2023 |
Real, ephemeral, brutal, dangerous work.
Readings.of.a.Slinky | 10 outras críticas | Nov 20, 2023 |
So, wow, this is my first time reading more than a couple poems by Sylvia Plath. And, since her writing is very much written from personal experience, I also learned a lot more about her as a person. Prior to reading Ariel I pretty much just knew that Plath was a popular poet and writer who was married to another Poet, Ted Hughes, fand that she had suffered from depression and committed suicide at a relatively young age. Once I had read through the first several poems of this book, I quickly realized that I almost needed to look up more info about Plath’s life to gain any kind of understanding of these poems. So, I would often stop after a first or second read of a poem and look up analysis and more info on Plath’s life. In this way I was able to see how a lot of the poems in Ariel really do seem to come directly from specific events and moments of the author’s life.

The introduction given by Plath’s daughter was excellent and being able to see in this edition in particular the differences between how Ted Hughes published this collection and how Plath had originally intended the poems to be included and arranged was very interesting. As far as the writing itself, there’s not much for me to say that hasn’t been said by people far more qualified than me to say them and yet of course I will agree that these poems are excellently written. Sometimes they can be a little difficult to read, particularly for an extended period, considering their topic generally delves into Plath’s seemingly increasing state of depressive and suicidal thought along with poems about her wrath and loss of being cheated on and left behind by her husband, having no one who seems to really understand her, the loss of her father, her miscarriage, and many more such difficult topics.

I would have to say that my favorite poems from this collection are: “Morning Song,” “Ariel,” “The Rival,” “The Jailer,” and “Wintering.”

Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath’s Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement by Sylvia Plath: 4/5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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rianainthestacks | 17 outras críticas | Nov 5, 2023 |


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