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Sylvia Plath

(1932-1963), Poet and writer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Plath was a leading writer whose 'confessional poetry', journals as well as her suicide and subsequent re-appraisal have established her status. Born in Boston, Plath moved to England with a Fulbright scholarship to study at Newnham College, Cambridge. There she met fellow poet Ted Hughes. Her first collection of poems The Colossus was published in 1960. Her marriage to Ted Hughes was troubled by his infidelity and by her own disturbed psychological history, elements of which informed her celebrated novel The Bell Jar (1963). The vicissitudes of their relationship were described in Plath's journals, and were later evoked by Hughes in his collection of poems, Birthday Letters (1998).

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Ted Hughes; Sylvia Plath, by Harry Ogden - NPG P2012

Ted Hughes; Sylvia Plath

by Harry Ogden
gelatin silver print, 1956
NPG P2012

Sylvia Plath, by Unknown photographer - NPG P2013

Sylvia Plath

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1956
NPG P2013

Sylvia Plath, by Rollie McKenna - NPG P1679

Sylvia Plath

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1959
NPG P1679

Sylvia Plath; Ted Hughes, by Rollie McKenna - NPG x137160

Sylvia Plath; Ted Hughes

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1959
NPG x137160

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