Sylvia Plath for beginners



Sylvia Plath

Quick Start

  • A short biography to start with, there are also links to a longer bio if you want to know more.
  • A very good and well-rounded introductory article on Plath written by literary scholar Steven Axelrod can be found at The Literary Encyclopedia.
  • The most famous poems by Sylvia can be found online:
  • Read up on her only novel, The Bell Jar.
  • See a list of Online Articles on Plath, her poetry and The Bell Jar.
  • Read this transcript of an interview with Sylvia Plath conducted by Peter Orr on 30th October 1962.



    Read these books by Sylvia Plath

    I also provide a page with a more detailed Bibliography of the works of Sylvia Plath.

    The life of Sylvia Plath

    Information on Sylvia's life can be found in the short biography provided online, this page also links to a longer bio if you want to know more. If you want to get to know Sylvia Plath better I recommend to get The Journals of Sylvia Plath or a biography (see below). The book Letters Home is a collection of letters that Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother, they show a different side of her.

    student guides

    The following guides provide an introduction to the life and work of Sylvia Plath and are recommended for short papers and student essays that do not require in depth background reading.

    research

    My page on Online Articles provides a list of articles and papers that are available online. Please respect the copyrighted nature of these resources!
    You may also want to read this transcript of an interview with Sylvia Plath conducted by Peter Orr on 30th October 1962.

    If you have access to a college or university library with collections in Modern American Literature, consult your reference librarian for help in locating Sylvia Plath materials. A large town or city library may also have some useful materials.

    On the following pages you will find a list of Books on Sylvia Plath and Articles on Sylvia Plath. Some of the books can be ordered online at amazon.com, where this is the case I have provided a link. Others may be difficult to find or only available in the UK.

    links

    Finally, if you want to see what information other Sylvia Plath homepages provide, here is a list of Plath Links. I especially recommend the Sylvia Plath Forum hosted by Elaine Connell which in its archives provides a lot of interesting material plus the discussion of some poems.


    Last Modified: 5 July 2005 Anja Beckmann