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The death and life of Sylvia Plath
Hayman, Ronald, 1932-
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New edition.
Publication Information:
Stroud : Sutton, 2003.
Physical Description:
xvii, 254 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: London: Minerva, 1992.

"This book was first published in 1991 by William Heinemann Ltd."-- t.p. verso.
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PS3566.L27 Z68 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3566.L27 Z68 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Not a conventional biograpy, this book offers an explanation of Sylvia Plath's death in 1963. The author looks back on Plath's life in an attempt to offer an objective account of why she killed herself. It discusses her life with her husband Ted Hughes, who had control of all her copyright works, as she killed herself without making a will. This edition brings the story full circle, as it includes the publication of "Birthday Letters," the death of Ted Hughes and Elaine Feinstein's biography of him, along with Erica Wagner's book "Ariel's Gift," the Al Alvarez autobiography which includes new material and Lucas Meyers's new book "Crow Steered Bergs Appeared."

Author Notes

Ronald Hayman was born in Bournemouth and grew up in a hotel there. After studying English at St Paul's and Trinity Hall in Cambridge, Hayman went to drama school in London. While there, he began working as an actor in repertory theatre and in television.

Hayman's first play, The End of an Uncle, was produced in 1959. In 1967, after directing plays by Genet, Goldoni, and Brecht at the Arts Theatre, Stratford East and Welwyn Garden City, Hayman started writing books and broadcasting. Then, in his book Hitler and Geli, Hayman explored the remarkable, yet relatively obscure, story of the affair between Adolf Hitler and his young niece Geli Raubal, who died under mysterious circumstances. Some of Hayman's other works include exposes on Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller, and biographies of Sylvia Plath, Jean-Paul Sartre, the Marquis de Sade, and Tennessee Williams.

(Bowker Author Biography) Ronald Hayman is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed biographies, including works on Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marcel Proust, Sylvia Plath, & Thomas Mann. He lives in London.

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