Sylvia Plath, author of “Lady Lazarus”, is “widely considered one of the most emotionally evocative and compelling American poets of the postwar period” (“Plath, Sylvia: Introduction”). Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts and her father died when she was eight. Plath attended Smith College and due to overwhelming conditions, she lapsed into a severe depression and overdosed on sleeping pills. After receiving psychiatric care, Plath enrolled in Newnham College where she met and married English poet Ted Hughes. Subsequent to Hughes affair and their divorce, Plath became progressively despondent and she committed suicide by inhaling gas from her kitchen stove (“Plath, Sylvia: Introduction”).
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The woman Percy left Mary for took her own life because she felt abandoned by her once so called husband. Mary and Percy kept having children and the kept dying. Percy Florence was the name of there son and he was the only one of their children to live until maturity. Percy was sailing with his friend and their boat sunk. Mary was devastated by this and this sent her into a state of depression (Magill 490-491).
When she was only eight, she lost her father to an illness he had battled for some time. The death of her father haunted her throughout her entire life and it seemed as though it was an obsession of sorts for Plath. All the while, she strived to reach a level of perfection that was unattainable. As a result, she always felt that she was not good enough. She attempted suicide for the first time when she was in college, but following treatment she returned to school and finished.
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Sylvia Plath is a twentieth century award winning poet and novelist of The Bell Jar. Plath was born on October 23, 1932 in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts. She suffered from depression for most of her life, starting when she was eight years old after her father died. Plath’s depression is reflected in her works, as she strongly relies on her own feelings to create similar moods, tones and themes in her poems and novel, The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath showed interest in writing at a very early age.