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‘Letters of Sylvia Plath’: The Woman Behind the Writing

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During Sylvia Plath’s first semester at Smith College, she wrote to her mother, saying “I’m so happy here I could cry!” At the same time, she was writing in her journal about the depression and anxiety she has fallen into. She was a very private person, who didn’t share much of her life publicly. What we do know of Plath, we know from her writing: her journals (the ones that her husband Ted Hughes didn’t burn after her death), her one and only book The Bell Jar, and her poetry, which was intensely private – each one seemed like an excerpt from her diary. The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume I: 1940-1956 document her letters and correspondences over the years, a good amount to…

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