urban literary-knot

Complicated Geniuses March 15, 2008

Her Husband

This month I’d like to delve deeper into two incredibly talented writers that seemed to have brushed popularity with novices simply due to tragedy- and Plath’s death was truly that. 

Middlebrook’s biography really keeps both Hughes and Plath simultaneously entwined yet distinctly apart, and she is refreshing in her detail, wit and compassion towards these two literary artists- blame and sensationalism is not the focus.  And for Plath especially, this is what seemed to overshadow so much of her less studied writings.

Smith College is also hosting a 75year Symposium next month in Ms Plaths honor- indeed well earned and timely.

-salut

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