Ubiquitous Sylvia Plath Birthday Post!

Sylvia Plath was born on 27 October 1932.

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath.

It is cold and blustery, today, but the sun shines with extra force. How appropriate.

“Eternity bores me, I never wanted it.”-Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition

4 thoughts on “Ubiquitous Sylvia Plath Birthday Post!

  1. Only one novel published posthumously. Do you suppose she would have written more had she lived? My mother committed suicide early in life. I have often wondered what she might have become. She danced ballet and taught lessons in tap and ballet. She had once hoped to become a famous dancer or Hollywood actress.


    • Absolutely! The fact that she only had one published novel at the time of her death (it actually appeared in the UK a few weeks before her suicide, although it wasn’t published in the US until 1971) was definitely not indicative of her dedication to writing. She was barely thirty, and was primarily a poet. She wrote copiously in the months leading up to her death. I believe that she would have written until her dying day, even if she had lived to ninety!

      I am so sorry about your mother. That is an unfathomable loss. I only have one experience with a person committing suicide (a close relative of my best friend and her husband, just last year) and I know that the what-ifs are already eating his family up. I hope that you have been able to heal, as much as it is possible to do so in the face of something so devastating.


      • Oh yes! I do feel healed, but it is something you never forget and I was separated from my sisters as a result, so never really close. That’s sad.

        I would like to read The Bell Jar again, but I would also like to read her poetry, which I have never done. I will look into that. Thanks!


      • That is very sad indeed!

        Although The Bell Jar is great, her critical reputation really rests on her incredible poetry. I highly recommend giving it a go!


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