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Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, to Otto and Aurelia Schoeber Plath, both professors. When Sylvia was eight, Otto died of complications from diabetes. Her mother struggled to give Sylvia and her younger brother every advantage of a superior education. Self-consciousness and anxiety about status and money contributed to ... See full bio »

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  The Bell Jar (novel) (announced)
 2016 Daddy (TV Movie)
 2010 The Colossus (Short) (writer)
 2010 The Missing Me (Short) (poem: "Mad Girl's Love Song")
 1979 The Bell Jar (novel)
 1976 The Book Programme (TV Series documentary) (poems - 1 episode)
- Sylvia Plath (1976) ... (poems)
 1971 Review (TV Series documentary) (poems - 1 episode)
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 2007 Above Ground (Short) (inspired by)
 1988 Hunter (TV Series) (poem - 1 episode)
- Dead on Target: Part 2 (1988) ... (poem: Lady Lazarus)
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 2014 Great Poets: In Their Own Words (TV Series documentary)
Self - Archive
- Access All Areas (2014) ... Self - Archive
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 2018 Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar (TV Movie documentary)
 2015 Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Sylvia Plath (2004) ... Self
 1991 Lady Lazarus (Short)
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 1979 The Bell Jar (writer: "Mad Girl's Love Song" (poetry excerpts from), "Lady Lazarus" (poetry excerpts from))

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Other Works:

Poem: "Bitter Strawberries" See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have . . . I believe that one should be able to control and manipulate experiences, even the most terrific, like madness, being tortured, [that] one should be able to manipulate these experiences with an informed and an intelligent mind. See more »


Pictured on one of ten USA nondenominated commemorative postage stamps celebrating "20th Century Poets", issued as a pane of 20 stamps on 21 April 2012. Other stamps in this issued honored Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, e.e. cummings, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, and Theodore Roethke. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 45¢. See more »



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