Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath

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9780395937600: Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath

In this authoritative and controversial biography, Stevenson charts the ways in which Sylvia Plath created her own legend--one at odds with the posthumous myth that has grown up around her. It is "the most genuinely feminist account of Plath's life yet: one in which Plath herself is held to be responsible for her own life, her own death" (Washington Post Book World). (A Mariner Reissue)

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Anne Stevenson's recent works include Collected Poems and a volumn of critical essays in the University of Michigan's Poets on Poetry Series. She lives in England.

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The best critical biography of Plath yet, poet Stevenson's ( The Fiction Makers ) volume offers a convincing reinterpretation of a complex and controversial life. The author's objectivity and her success in assembling new sources pay off richly: bombarded by a superbly orchestrated array of opinions, quotations, details and anecdotes from Plath and those who knew her (Ted Hughes, Plath's husband, provided background information and reviewed the manuscript for factual accuracy), we are enabled, with Stevenson's guidance, to draw fresh conclusions about the late poet's conflicts between her fierce drive to succeed and keen appetite for self-destruction. Of particular significance is Stevenson's effort to present needed balance in portraying the marriage of Hughes and Plath; no longer cast as a victim of her husband's alleged infidelities (largely imagined, the book asserts), Plath emerges as the forger of her own fate leading to her 1963 suicide. Essays written in remembrance of Plath by Lucas Myers, Dido Merwin and Richard Murphy provide striking, invaluable firsthand views. Photos not seen by PW.
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Stevenson, Anne
Editorial: Mariner Books (1998)
ISBN 10: 0395937604 ISBN 13: 9780395937600
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 2
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Descripción Mariner Books, 1998. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110395937604

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