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Sylvia Plath

A black-and-white photo of a woman with her hair up, looking to the left of the camera lens
Plath photographed in July 1961 at her Chalcot Square flat in London

Born

October 27, 1932 Boston, Massachusetts, US

Died

February 11, 1963 London, England, UK

Resting place

Heptonstall Church near Vermaak’s Farm, West Yorkshire, England

Pen name

Victoria Lucas

Occupation

  • Poet
  • novelist
  • short story writer

Language

English

Nationality

American

Alma mater

Smith CollegeNewnham College, Cambridge

Period

1960–63

Genre

  • Poetry
  • fiction
  • short story

Literary movement

Confessional poetry

Notable works

The Bell JarandAriel

Notable awards

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Glascock Prize1955
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry1982 The Collected Poems

Spouse

Ted Hughes ( m.  1956)

Children

  • Frieda Hughes
  • Nicholas Hughes

Relatives

  • Otto Plath
  • Aurelia Schober

Signature

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956, and they lived together in the United States and then in England. They had two children, Frieda and Nicholas, before separating in 1962.

Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy . She died by suicide in 1963.

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