Noted Authors

September 13, 1998|By Encyclopedia of Literature

Sylvia Plath


A poet who wrote using intense imagery and focus, Plath was little known at the time of her death by suicide, but became well-recognized posthumously.

She drew from her own experiences to write her only novel, "The Bell Jar." Appearing first under a pseudonym, the book describes the emotional breakdown, attempted suicide and eventual recovery of a college girl.

The Collection of Poems, which includes many previously unpublished poems, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981.

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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