Sylvia Plath pp 133-145 | Cite as

Sylvia Plath, The Poet and her Writing Life

  • Linda Wagner-Martin
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


The temptation to do little but re-create Plath’s biography through readings of her work — and, implicitly, to try to unearth the complex reasons for her tragic suicide — overtakes the most focused reader. What happens as one studies Plath’s oeuvre is that the vivid humanness of her narrated experience becomes overpowering. Too often, the mere establishment of intellectual boundaries, some means of separating the work from what appears to be the story told in it, proves ineffectual. For Sylvia Plath to be valued as the magisterial poet she was, readers must accept a number of her writerly principles as guides for their absorption of her work.


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  1. 1.
    Sylvia Plath, “Review of The Stones of Troy,” Gemini, 1 (Summer 1957), pp. 90–103.Google Scholar

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© Linda Wagner-Martin 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Wagner-Martin
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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