Sylvia Plath was born in Boston Massachusetts in 1932. She spent her early childhood years in Winthrop, a seaside town. Her mother’s parents came from Austria; her father, a Polish immigrant, lectured at Boston University concerning biology, mostly on bees. When her father died when she was eight, her family moved to an upper-class suburb in Boston and she attended public schools.3 At an early age she wrote poems and drew pictures in pen and ink, often winning prizes. Her first published short story, “And Summer Will Not Come Again”, appeared in the August 1950 issue of the magazine Seventeen.
Sylvia entered Smith college in September 1950, the largest women’s college in the world at that time.4 She won a scholarship, wrote poetry on a strict schedule, and became a member of editorial boards and elected to college offices. In August 1951, she also won Mademoiselle magazine’s fiction contest with a salaried internship in New York City.5 Returning, she underwent electroshock therapy while expe...
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.... She also writes to her boyfriend and tells him that she has an engagement to another man and no longer wishes to see him.119 Even during simple public activities, she cannot retain enough emotional strength to deal with them. When she messes up her flower delivery volunteer work at a local hospital, she does not stay to confront the problem but rather runs straight out of the building.163
Sylvia Plath maintained a friendship with Jerry and Jillian Becker. On Friday, February 8 of 1963, she turned up at the Becker’s unexpectedly with her two children, Frieda and Nick. One of her other friends sat in Jillian’s study, but Sylvia did not greet her or smile. She abruptly asked if she could go and lie down, saying she felt terrible.2 When the visitor departed, Sylvia came downstairs and told Jillian she would “rather not go home”. She gave her the keys to her
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