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Sylvia Plath

7 Famous Novelists ... Who Only Published One Novel

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
Paul Anthony Jones

When it was announced earlier this year that Harper Lee was to release a new novel, Go Set A Watchman, in July 2015, her readers and fans were quite r...

Uncertainty and Doubt in the Career Rat Race

Lauren Santye | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Lauren Santye

Growing up, you are blissful unaware of the difficulties of life. You believe that you will go to college, get a job in your chosen field, get married and live in a beautiful house with a white picket fence -- that whole "American Dream" bullshit.

To Howl: A Feminist Take on Ginsberg's Howl

Aimee Anderson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Aimee Anderson

Amy Newman's Howl embraces a poetic form that has been exclusive to male poets.Newman's transgressive Howl tresspasses a poetic form that has been exclusive property of Allen Ginsberg.

7 Novelists Who Only Published One Novel

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

With Go Set A Watchman now selling by the million -- and dividing critics and readers alike, many of whom still question whether it should have been published at all -- who does Lee leave behind her on a list of literary one-hit-wonders?

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.

Fame: Spotlight on Super Woman Clare Boothe Luce

Jim Luce | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Although I attended her funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, I never knew Clare Boothe Luce in life. Through Sylvia Jukes Morris' twin works, Rage For Fame and the most recent Price of Fame, I feel I have come to know Clare in all her complexity far more intimately.

Ted Hughes' Brother Remembers His Marriage To Sylvia Plath (NEW BOOK)

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.04.2014 | Books

Ted Hughes was both the husband of Sylvia Plath, the beloved poet and author of The Bell Jar, and an important poet in his own right. Their marriage c...

Greek Tragedy and John Wick

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The accomplishment of the movie is less its athleticism than its inducement of empathy. The audience is more than rooting for the antihero. We take on the same desire to punish.

Channeling Creativity: Dylan, Plath, and Uncle Tom

David Galenson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

Not all conceptual writers work as fast as Dylan and Plath, nor do all experimental writers work as slowly as Bishop. But the differing speeds of composition are not accidental.

Top 5 Fictional Characters I Wish Were My Best Friends During a Break Up

Meira Bienstock | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

The realization has occurred; the relationship is over. Your mind is clouded with cobwebs from smashed love and a shattered heart, and all you need is advice from someone.

Suicide Notes: Notable Writers Who Committed Suicide

Heather Hummel | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"What do you write?" Any writer will tell you that this is the first question asked when people find out what they do for a living. It's not like iden...

LBJ and Veterans Day

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

It was a week before the November 3 presidential election but, quite honestly, since I couldn't even vote and, I could have cared less. My sights were set on attending college the following fall and eventually becoming a lawyer. The world was going to be my oyster. Or so I thought.

6 Books Every Smart, Sexy Woman Needs To Read

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

Fear of Flying author Erica Jong reveals the inspiring titles that need a place on every woman's bookshelf. As told to Leigh Haber Before Sex an...

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

The Dentapist

Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Barness

The man looks deep into my soul and says, "Grinding is usually a sign of stress or anxiety. Your teeth are much more damaged than they should be for someone your age. Do you want to talk about it?"

Silence of the Poets: Writers and Antidepressants

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books
Andrew Shaffer

It's an exercise in futility to try to hypothesize what effect antidepressants would have had on long-gone writers like Poe and Baudelaire. Whether you function or not is a more pertinent question than whether or not antidepressants or substance abuse "silences the soul."

Biographer Elizabeth Winder on Sylvia Plath's Food and Body Issues

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Ever since I read The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel, I've wondered if Plath had an eating disorder. Apparently, I'm not the only one. There's much discussion on the Internet about the link between Plath's dark moods and her suspected eating issues.

Philip Larkin's 'Talking in Bed'

Bobby Elliott | Posted 05.12.2013 | Books
Bobby Elliott

Philip Larkin has emerged as one of England's towering literary figures. Here, he has always been kept at a safe but praising distance, something The Complete Poems hopes to change. It's something I would like to change, too.

Sylvia Plath 50 Years Later: What Modern Feminism Can Learn From Ariel

Anis Shivani | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Anis Shivani

Today, after 50 years of academic assimilation, one finds little poetry that stands up well to Sylvia Plath's urgent retort to patriarchy, militarism and domesticity.

Surviving The Bell Jar... And Then What?

Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Women
Amanda Duberman

Does the persistent resonance of The Bell Jar, and of Plath's life itself, represent a literary achievement, or a cultural failure?

PHOTOS: What You Don't Know About Sylvia Plath

Carl Rollyson | Posted 04.13.2013 | Books
Carl Rollyson

When I began work on my biography of Sylvia Plath, I was determined to depict a joyous, triumphant side of her that is at odds with the legend of the doomed, suicidal poet.

What's Wrong With This Cover?

Foz Meadows | Posted 04.04.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

I'm not impressed with the near-universal acceptance of "chick lit" as a pejorative.

What We Can Learn From Sharon Olds and Sylvia Plath About Poetry and Confession

Christina Patterson | Posted 01.24.2013 | Arts
Christina Patterson

Very few poets match Sharon Olds in the discipline she brings to her best work. You can't be human and read the poems in her collection Stag's Leap, which last week won the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry, and not sometimes hear yourself gasp.

CultureZohn: I Spent New Year's Eve With Richard Burton

Patricia Zohn | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Patricia Zohn

It had taken all fall to try to set this up -- and I even had to take a back seat to Lindsay Lohan. But it was worth the wait. Richard Burton was the kind of man I had always imagined for whom one could throw everything over. We all get crushes on movie stars and rock stars but Burton was something unique.

Like 'Girls'? You'll Love These Books

The Hairpin | Posted 04.27.2012 | Women

Let's just say there are a lot of articles about Girls. And, if you're like me, it's been making you think a lot about women, and friends, and the cit...