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Sylvia Plath

Philip Larkin's 'Talking in Bed'

Bobby Elliott | Posted 05.12.2013 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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...

Ghost Pictures

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts

Francesca Woodman turns familiar domestic spaces into places haunted by feminine spirits. It is hard not to include Woodman's own tragic tale in the i...

Hottest Authors: 12 We'd Love To Be Haunted By

Posted 12.31.2011 | Home

Ghosts and books go hand-in-hand. Be it William Shakespeare or Stephen King, writers have long been penning poltergeists. While most literary ghosts a...

Sylvia Plath's Hidden Drawings

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.28.2011 | Home

Had Sylvia Plath not killed herself at the age of 30, she might have turned 79 yesterday. Even in her short life span, she turned out an impressive bo...

Kelly Osbourne, Sylvia Plath & More: Today's Famous Birthdays

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.26.2011 | Celebrity

In a world with nearly 7 billion people, chances are someone famous is celebrating their birthday today. And indeed: Kelly Osbourne, Patrick Fugit,...

Literary References In The Simpsons

Posted 11.27.2011 | Arts

With the 23rd season of The Simpsons premiering on Sunday, America's longest-running sitcom is still going strong. Despite the perennial complaints ab...

Men and Women, Ballet, and the Shock of Recognition

Michael Henry | Posted 11.21.2011 | Denver
Michael Henry

I'm fresh off one of the high points of my life: watching Ballet Nouveau Colorado perform Intersection, a full-length narrative ballet based on poems I wrote in collaboration with Garrett Ammon, Artistic Director of BNC.

Famous Single Ladies Hotel Could Be NYC's Next Landmark | Posted 09.12.2011 | New York

MANHATTAN -- Before they were stars, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, Liza Minnelli, Candace Bergen and many others seeking fame in New York lived at the B...

Top 10 Aural and Poetic Delights

Rick Holland | Posted 08.31.2011 | Arts
Rick Holland

"Poetry" does not only live in established poetic institutions and counter institutions. It exists precisely and exactly wherever you sense it.

Authors In Bathing Suits: Who Knew They Were This Hot? | Posted 08.27.2011 | Home

We don’t know about you, but now that it’s officially summertime, we want to spend as much time in our bathing suits as humanly possible, and so, ...

PHOTOS: 9 Reasons Why You Should Use a Pseudonym

Carmela Ciuraru | Posted 08.20.2011 | Home
Carmela Ciuraru

It's true that George Eliot and Charlotte Bronte used male pen names so that their work would be taken seriously (and so they could publish at all).

Famous Authors And Their Typewriters | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home

There’s something magical about catching a glimpse of one of your favorite authors at work – even a photo of the epic event can send an anxious th...

Which Famous Authors Have (Or Had) The Hottest Spouse? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Artists obviously appreciate aesthetics, and it appears writers do as well. All of the following authors, from Norman Mailer to Salman Rushdie, have (...

Sylvia Plath Drew Hotdogs And Borges Sketched Dancers: Famous Authors Are Doodlers, Too | Emily Temple | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Everybody doodles. There's just something about an idle moment and a blank space on a page that invites a little design or two. Plus, there is some ev...

WATCH: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kenny Chesney

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Since even before The Beatles hit the pop charts with their 1966 song "Paperback Writer," music about writers, books, letters and all other things lit...

The Rise and Fall of Jean-Michel Basquiat

David Galenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Galenson

In spite of Jean-Michel Basquiat's premature death, he managed not only to fulfill his goal of becoming rich and famous, but also to become one of the most important artists of the late 20th century.

Remembering Sylvia Plath

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

Ted Hughes' newly discovered poem provides unprecedented insight into the last few days of the brilliant American poet, Sylvia Plath. Reading the poem feels a bit like looking into the sun as it's dying.

Nabokov Marginalia: Author Graded New Yorker Stories, Gave A+ Only To Salinger And Himself

The New Yorker | Ian Frazier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Nabokov was also a professor of literature, and in his copy of the New Yorker anthology he gave every story a letter grade. The way he wrote each grad...