Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News at Eleven: To [Al] Alvarez's credit, at a symposium

on [Sylvia] Plath in Oxford in 2007, he reinstated the view he put forward in The Savage God--that she had not meant to kill herself, but had intended to be saved. This does not seem unlikely, given that she had already been saved once. All interpretations of Plath that have interpreted her as having committed to the act of suicide when she was writing her poetry are morally unjustifiable. Nobody's suicide can be an inevitability. Forecasting Plath's death through her work is an abusive and reductive way to read her, mapping the trajectory of her death on to a life still being lived.

from The Quietus: A Great Many Plathitudes: The Doom Myth Of Sylvia Plath
then The New Yorker: Sylvia Plath’s Joy
then The Atlantic Monthly: The 'Always' and 'Never' Life of Sylvia Plath
then Huffington Post: What You Don't Know About Sylvia Plath (PHOTOS)
then BBC News: Sylvia Plath: Jillian Becker on the poet's last days
then The Guardian: Sylvia Plath: reflections on her legacy
then Slate: "Daddy" Is Mommy
then Slate: The Last Poem Sylvia Plath Wrote
then NPR: On The 50th Anniversary Of Sylvia Plath's Death, A Look At Her Beginning
then The Scotsman: Sylvia Plath: Our fascination is undiminished
then The Telegraph: Mad Girl's Love Song by Andrew Wilson: review
then Radio Times: Sylvia Plath: her life before Ted Hughes
then The Atlantic Monthly: There Are Almost No Obituaries for Sylvia Plath


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