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Her poetry collection entitled Ariel became a modern classic. Her novel The Bell Jar has a fixed place on student reading lists.
American Isis is the first Plath biography benefiting from the new Ted Hughes archive at the British Library, which includes 41 letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers.
The Sylvia Plath that Carl Rollyson brings to us in American Isis is no shrinking violet overshadowed by Ted Hughes; she is a modern-day Isis, a powerful force that embraced high and low culture to establish herself in the literary firmament.
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By Rachel on 08-04-15
Sylvia Plath/ Marilyn Monroe, spot the difference!
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While the later chapters of the book were well researched, the author's claim to avoid the boilerplate of previous biographies made the book seem disjointed and anecdotal. Rollyson also sensationalises Plath, seeming to argue that her decision to commit suicide was a shrewd career move. But the thing that drove me absolutely crazy, and which I can't believe an editor didn't pull him up on, is the constant, forced comparison to Marilyn Monroe, just because he also wrote a biography of the actress. By the fifth section beginning 'Like Marilyn Monroe....' I was seething. It was like bad undergraduate work - 'And now I'm going to draw a vague and unaccountable comparison with this other thing I know something about'. Grrrr...
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