About Anne Sexton
Anne Sexton was a confessional poet born on November 9, 1928, in Newton, Massachusetts, who explored issues such as mental illness, suicide, and sexuality in her writing. Sexton was a college dropout who eloped at the age of 19 and struggled with depression and motherhood. Writing verse helped stabilize her mind and she became a major talent, characterizing psychiatric analysis and grief for her dead parents in verse. Her initial collections preceded a fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, nomination for a National Book Award, and multiple invitations for readings. In 1966, Sexton won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poems, Live or Die. She continued to write and publish, while also teaching at Boston University and Colgate, until death on October 4, 1974.