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Sylvia Plath was primarily a poet, and most famously a confessional poet, although she also wrote a novel, a radio play, short stories and a book for children. She is best known for the poems she wrote in the last eighteen months that she lived. Her life story, complete with her suicide at the age of thirty, tends to overshadow her literary achievement, although critics of recent decades have made strides towards preserving her literary contribution and promoting its value.
27 October 1932 SP was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the elder of two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
10 August 1941 SP's first published poem, "Hear the Crickets Chirping", appeared in a letter to the Boston Sunday Herald when she was eight years old. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 January 1963 SP's novel, The Bell Jar, appeared under the pseudonym 'Victoria Lucas', less than a month before her suicide. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 February 1963 SP committed suicide by gassing herself in her London flat. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 September 1981 SP's Collected Poems were published, nearly twenty years after her death: they were edited with an introduction by Ted Hughes. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 2000 The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962, edited by Karen V. Kukil, appeared after the death of Plath's husband, Ted Hughes: the first printing of the entire corpus of Plath's surviving journals. Bibliographic Citation link.
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