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Sylvia Plath

(1932—1963) poet and writer

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adolescence

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

n. the stage of development between childhood and adulthood. It begins with the start of puberty, which in girls is usually at the age of 12–13 years and in boys about 14...

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Al Alvarez

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(1929– ),

poet, broadcaster, and critic, born in London, and educated at Oundle and Corpus Christi, Oxford. His works include The Shaping Spirit (1958), a critical study of modern...

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Anne Sexton

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(1928–74),

American poet, was born into a privileged Massachusetts family. Following an early elopement, children, and a breakdown, she started to write poetry as therapy. She...

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Anne Stevenson

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(1933– ),

poet and biographer, born in England of American parents and educated in America; she settled in Britain in the 1960s. Her collections include Living in America (1965),...

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Ariel

Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

1 an airy spirit in Shakespeare's The Tempest;

2 a rebel angel in Milton's Paradise Lost (VI. 371);

3 in Pope's Rape of the Lock...

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Ariel

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

Sylvia Plath's best-known collection of poetry, published posthumously in 1965. Although her preceding volume, The Colossus (1960), was accorded a favourable reception, the magnitude of her...

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Bell Jar

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A novel by S. Plath, published 1963 under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas, and under her own name in 1966.

It opens in New York in the summer of 1953 as the narrator, Esther...

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Bildungsroman

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The term applied to novels of ‘education’ (in the widest sense), of which many of the best examples are German. Wieland's Agathon (1765–6) is usually thought of as the first example of the...

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Body and Health

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Feminists have long seen the female body as a contested site of institutional and personal power, and much nineteenth- and twentieth-century feminism has focused on the necessity for women...

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confessional poetry

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A term principally applied to the self‐revealing style of writing and use of intimate subject matter adopted and pioneered in America by R. Lowell (Life Studies, 1959): other writers in the...

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