Poet and author Sylvia Plath's writing was emotional and electric, but unfortunately, many people still only know her by her death. Indeed, a lot of Plath's life was painful. But throughout it all, she continued to write.
When I love an author, I'm insatiable for information about them. In the case of Plath, it's especially important that readers consider the larger picture of the author's life, especially since so much of her personal experiences bore direct influence on her writing and her life extended so far beyond her mental illness and death.
Much of what we know of Plath's life comes from her letters and journals, which have now been published in various collections. But it should also be noted that after her death, Plath's estate was controlled by Ted Hughes, as their divorce had not yet gone through at the time of her death. Hughes admits in his foreword to The Journals of Sylvia Plath that he destroyed her final journal, and many Plath scholars are wary of his influence over her publications.
There's a lot we can learn about Plath's life that can help us better understand her writing. So, here are 10 facts about Sylvia Plath that may change what you think about the author: