© 1999

Sylvia Plath

A Literary Life


Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 3-10
    3. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 11-20
    4. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 21-32
    5. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 33-41
    6. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 42-53
    7. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 54-66
    8. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 67-79
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 83-94
    3. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 95-105
    4. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 106-118
    5. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 119-132
    6. Linda Wagner-Martin
      Pages 133-145
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 146-172

About this book


Linda Wagner-Martin's emphasis in this study is the way Sylvia Plath made herself into a writer. In keeping with the critic's early ground-breaking work on American poet William Carlos Williams, she here studies elements of Plath's work with dedication to discussions of style and effect. Her close analysis of Plath's reading and her apprenticeship writing both in fiction and poetry sheds considerable light into Plath's work in the late 1960s. The book concludes with a section assessing Sylvia Plath's current standing.


fiction poem poet poetry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

About the authors

Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, a Rockefeller awardee, and a resident at Bellagio, Bogliasco, and the Bunting Institute. She recently received the Hubbell Medal for lifetime service to American literature. Her 2013 A History of American Literature from 1950 to the Present is her 53rd book. She has written two other books for this series, one on Ernest Hemingway and the other, in both 1999 and 2003, on Sylvia Plath. She writes widely on twentieth-century American literature, biography, women's writing and pedagogy. Her publications include A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway (2000), William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism (2002), Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Hemingway: Eight Decades of Criticism (2009).

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