The Presence of the Author in the Prose works of Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath, poetry, prose, literature, feminism


English Language and Literature | Women's Studies


Sylvia Plath is known as one of the most famous American poets, widely recognized by poets, literature scholars, and everyday people as standing apart from the crowd. The work produced in the last few months of her short life helped to change the face of poetry with its innovative form and riveting voice. Plath posthumous fame has made her an icon of an era. She is often considered an important feminist writer a well as the epitome of the tortured artist, an idea that has become cliche in our society. Many people, when they hear the name Plath, think of young troubled minds wasting their days away in dark corners of coffee houses, dressed all in black and looking particularly betrayed by the world. It is true that Plath did commit suicide shortly after creating her best work, but it seems unfair to sum up a life based on one fatal flaw. Plath was a troubled woman, desperate for the perfection she sought all her life, but does this depression form an entire history of existence for the woman Sylvia Plath? Her work, particularly her largely autobiographical prose writings show a complex character who was much more than just a poet. Plath was a mother, a wife, daughter, friend, and dedicated writer. Most importantly, she was a person who existed beyond the world of her poetry and prose. It could well be that to understand one, you must look at the other.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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