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Anne Sexton, American poet of the mid twentieth century, flirted for most of her adult life with the idea of killing herself. Her poems are intensely personal, centred on death, as well as on psychic pain and the dilemmas of being a woman and especially a wife. Some are re-tellings of fairy tales. She also wrote a single play, several books for children, short stories, and a novel which she never finished.
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9 November 1928 Anne Sexton was born Anne Gray Harvey, in Newton, Massachusetts, the youngest of three sisters. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 April 1960 AS issued her first collection of her poems, To Bedlam and Part Way Back, only three years after she had begun to write poetry as an adult. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 February 1969 AS gave her next volume of poetry the "simple" title Love Poems, after long doubt and hesitation about choosing a title. Bibliographic Citation link.   It was "the first of her books produced in the atmosphere of celebrity," Bibliographic Citation link.   according to her biographer, Middlebrook. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 October 1974 AS killed herself. She "took herself quickly and quietly . . . . with no dramatics, no warning, no telephone calls," Bibliographic Citation link.   sitting in her car in the garage with the engine running, wearing her mother's fur coat. Bibliographic Citation link.
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