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.From Library Journal:
In her preface to this new biography of Sylvia Plath, Stevenson states that she intends to create "an objective account of how this exceptionally gifted girl was hurled into poetry by a combination of biographical accident and inflexible ideals and ambitions." Yet how can one be objective when one's aim is to explain "inflexible ideals and ambitions"? It is the very subjectivity that ultimately informs this book that is its weakest aspect. However, several previously unpublished memoirs by people who knew Plath are included as appendixes, and while they are not sufficient to make this a definitive biography (for which we will likely have to wait a number of years), they are interesting and make for a lively, if not altogether trustworthy, account of her life.
- Jessica Grim, NYPL
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Book Description Mariner Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110395937604
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