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American Authors- Sylvia Plath
Transcript of American Authors- Sylvia Plath
I am not very outgoing, but I am extremely independent
I enjoy staying inside and reading/writing
I have a strong distaste for and resentment towards men who rely on women to run their lives
My writing style is very new for my time; many call it "confessional poetry." Mostly, my writing is influenced by the death of my father and my unresolved feelings for him, the strife in my marriage, and my frustrations with what I want to do and what others think I need to be and what duties I need to fulfill as a housewife. Some of my writings will be published before my death, but none of them will ever have any real impact until after I am gone. My works mainly impact and inspire women writers, and housewives in the sixties and the seventies, but they will still inspire writers decades after I am gone. I was born on October 27, 1932 in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts. That is very near to Boston. My daddy died on November 11, 1940, because of severe complications with his diabetes following the amputation of his leg. I attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1950 until Spring of 1953, on a literary scholarship. On August 24, 1953, I attempted suicide by sleeping pills in my home in Wellesley, Massachusetts. I was sent to psychotherapy with the wonderful Dr. Ruth Beuscher. In February of 1956, I met my husband, Ted Hughes, writer and poet extraordinaire. On February 11, 1963, I opened the window in my children's bedroom, and set aside, on a bedside table, bread and several cups of milk, enough for them to not go hungry. I then stuffed towels and cloths under the doors of both their bedroom and my kitchen. I also covered the towels with painter's tape, to seal the edges. I turned on the gas jets in my oven, and placed my head inside of it. This was my successful suicide attempt, obviously. March of 1959 was the first time I visited Daddy's grave. I was just 27 years old. 1930 1940 1950 1960 Historic Dates of My Time Period President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1932. In 1932, the Nazis became the largest party in German Reichstag. (Reichstag being everything in Germany's political life. It was the constitutional element, so to speak, in the rise to power of Adolf Hitler.) In 1940, France fell to Germany, calling on the German government for an armistice that ceased fire. In 1948, the Jewish state of Israel came into existence. In 1938, Germany annexed Austria. In 1957, a Civil Rights Commission was established in the United States, to protect the voting rights of those who were being oppressed. I married Ted Hughes on June 16, 1956, just four months after we had initially met. My daughter, Freida, was born on April 1, 1960. My son Nicholas was born on January 17, 1962 My brother, Warren, was born on April 27, 1935 I happened to be at Cambridge. I was sent there by the [US] government on a government grant. And I'd read some of Ted's poems in this magazine and I was very impressed and I wanted to meet him. I went to this little celebration and that's actually where we met... Then we saw a great deal of each other. Ted came back to Cambridge and suddenly we found ourselves getting married a few months later... We kept writing poems to each other. Then it just grew out of that, I guess, a feeling that we both were writing so much and having such a fine time doing it, we decided that this should keep on.
(Courtesy of British Library Sound Archive) WORKS CONSULTED Hayman, Ronald. The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath. New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1991. Print.
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1998. Print.
Routledge, Chris. “Sylvia Plath Reads ‘Daddy’.” The Reader Online. The Reader Organization. 2010. Web.
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