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Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Poets Behind the Poetess

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American writer. She was most well-known for her poetry, but she also wrote novels, children's books, and short stories. Her most famous novel is called The Bell Jar, which was partly based on her life. She married another famous poet called Ted Hughes.
In April 1960, Plath gave birth to a daughter, Frieda, at home. Her son, Nicholas, was born in January 1962. Hughes had an affair with a woman called Assia Wevill. Plath and Hughes separated in 1962 and she moved to London in early December 1962. Plath lived at 23 Fitzroy Road London  from December 1962 until her death on 11 February 1963. The Irish poet and dramatist W.B. Yeats lived in this house as a boy. Plath's collection of poems The Bell Jar was published in January 1963, and within a month, she took her life. In the early morning of 11 February 1963, Plath took her own life. In 1963, Plath committed suicide. She sealed the room she was in with wet towels, turned the gas oven on and put her head inside the oven. She died because she was poisoned by carbon monoxide gas. Sylvia Plath is buried in Yorkshire, England.

The tragedy after the tragedy

Ted Hughes separated from Sylvia before Nicholas's first birthday and only months later his mother, Sylvia Plath, committed suicide. Nicholas Hughes did not marry and had no children.
Forty-six years after his mother committed suicide, Nicholas hanged himself at his home in Alaska.

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