Sylvia Plath (1932–63) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963). Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
‘One of the most powerful and lavishly gifted poets of our time.’
Where can I learn more about Sylvia Plath?
In 1961 Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes gave a rare interview for the BBC on literature and love. Watch here.