This study examines the way Plath made herself into a writer. Close analysis of Plath's reading and apprenticeship writing both in fiction and poetry sheds considerable light on Plath's work in the late 1960s. This updated edition discusses of the aftermath of Plath's death including the publication of her "Collected Poems" edited by Ted Hughes which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1982. Biographies of Plath are examined along with the publication of Hughes's "Birthday Letters". A chronology maps out key events and publications both in Plath's lifetime and posthumously.
LINDA WAGNER-MARTIN is the Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of more than forty books on American writers and genres - among them Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, Robert Frost, Denise Levertov, John Dos Passos, and Sylvia Plath. The recipient of awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and others, she has been a Bunting Institute fellow and the President of the Hemingway Foundation. Among recent books are: William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism, A Historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway, a biography of Gertrude Stein, and her co-edited encyclopaedia, The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. She has also written Sylvia Plath, A Biography (1988) .