Sylvia Plath

About Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, MA.

She published poetry and stories during her teen years. Her first published piece was a poem at the age of eight.

Plath began suffering from depression in college. At the age of 19 she attempted suicide. The hospital experience became inspiration for her novel, "The Bell Jar."

She received a grant to study at Cambridge University in England. It was during this time abroad that she met poet Ted Hughes. The couple married in 1956 and had two children, one in 1960 and the other in 1962.

Plath's first collection of poetry, "Colossus," was published in 1960 in England.

When Plath's husband left her for another woman in 1962, she went into a deep depression. It was during this winter that she wrote most of the poems in her most famous book, "Ariel." This collection of poems was published after her death.

Sylvia Plath committed suicide using her gas oven on February 11, 1963.

Interesting facts about Sylvia Plath

  1. She kept a journal from the age of 11.
  2. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College.
  3. Plath knew her husband, poet Ted Hughes, for less than six months before they married.
  4. The Bell Jar was published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas.
  5. Gwyneth Paltrow starred in the 2003 biopic, Sylvia, which was the story of Sylvia Plath's life.
  6. Plath was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously. The Collected Poems received the prize in 1982.


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