The silent woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
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New York : Vintage, 1995.
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Shirlington Adult Nonfiction
811 PLATH MALCO
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In an astonishing feat of literary detection, one of the most provocative critics of our time and the author of In the Freud Archives and The Purloined Clinic offers an elegantly reasoned meditation on the art of biography. In The Silent Woman, Janet Malcolm examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath to create a book not about Plath’s life but about her afterlife: how her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, as executor of her estate, tried to serve two masters—Plath’s art and his own need for privacy; and how it fell to his sister, Olwyn Hughes, as literary agent for the estate, to protect him by limiting access to Plath’s work.Even as Malcolm brings her skepticism to bear on the claims of biography to present the truth about a life, a portrait of Sylvia Plath emerges that gives us a sense of “knowing” this tragic poet in a way we have never known her before. And she dispels forever the innocence with which most of us have approached the reading of any biography.
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Book
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First Vintage Books edition.
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213 pages ; 21 cm.
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English
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0679751408, 9780679751403, 9780679431589, 0679431586
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1560

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This volume explores the legacy of the works of American writer and poet Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). The author discusses how Plath's reputation was forged from the poems she wrote just before her suicide; how her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, as executor of her estate, tried to serve two masters - Plath's art and his own need for privacy; and how it fell to his sister, Olwyn Hughes, as literary agent for the estate, to protect him by limiting access to Plath's work. This book is less about the life of Plath than about her posthumous existence and at the struggles of her biographers to penetrate, document and interpret her history and her husband's role in it.
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Malcolm, J. (1995). The silent woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. First Vintage Books edition. New York: Vintage.

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Malcolm, Janet. 1995. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. New York: Vintage.

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Malcolm, Janet, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. New York: Vintage, 1995.

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Malcolm, Janet. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. First Vintage Books edition. New York: Vintage, 1995. Print.

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