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Sylvia Plath on Poets.org

Find her biography and links to her poems on the Academy of American Poets' website.

The Confessional Movement

Plath's poetry is considered to be a part of the Confessional movement, which was marked by very emotional, often autobiographical poetry. You can learn more about the movement here.

"A Celebration, this is"

This site, made and maintained by Plath scholar Peter K. Steinberg, has lots of information on Plath's life and work, as well as numerous photos.

Plath on Modern American Poetry

The University of Illinois provides commentary on a variety of Plath's poetry, as well as biographical information, photos, and an interview.

"You Could Say She Had a Calling for Death"

A New York Times article about Plath's life and Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Poems in.

Video

A clip from the movie Sylvia, a dramatization of Plath's life, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Plath reads "Daddy"
Plath reads her famous poem, which is set to a slideshow.

Audio

Interview with Plath

A 1962 interview with Sylvia Plath. Plath discusses her poetry and inspiration.

"Lady Lazarus"

Plath reads one of her most famous poems, "Lady Lazarus."

"Remembering Sylvia Plath"

An NPR All Things Considered episode on Plath.

Images

Plath and Hughes

A 1956 photo of Plath and her husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes.

Self-Portrait

A portrait Plath painted of herself in the early 1950s.

Plath

A classic portrait of the poet.

Plath's Family

Plath as a baby with her parents.

Books

The Collected Poems

Plath's poems, in chronological order. This collection won Plath the Pulitzer Prize.

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Plath wrote in journals from the age of twelve until her death at age 30. The Unabridged Journals offer all of Plath's uncensored journal entries for the first time.

Ariel

Plath's collection of poetry (including "Daddy") that she wrote just prior to her suicide.

Movies & TV

Sylvia, 2003
A dramatization of Plath's life, starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Plath and Daniel Craig as Ted Hughes.
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