found motherhood overwhelming and depressing. The two grandmothers took over most of the care of her babies, while Anne made several more suicide attempts and was frequently in hospital. When her husband began to...
The book, published seventeen years after AS
's suicide, traces her tumultuous life and career in detail. Though generally praised as thorough and balanced, it did not appear without controversy, since much of the material...
brought her analyst, Dr Orne
, a large batch of formally ambitious poems, neatly typed and dated.
Middlebrook, Diane Wood. Anne Sexton: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin.
Shortly before this she had watched British critic I. A. Richards
on tv explicating the form of the sonnet. She thought, Well, I could do that. She was soon revelling in Dr Orne
Having shaped Tell Me Your Answer True while she was finishing her therapy with Dr. Orne
retitled it Mercy Street and revised it in 1969 while she was finishing her therapy with Dr Zweizung