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This highly anticipated biography of Sylvia Plath was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. Writer Glennon Doyle called it “one of the most beautiful biographies I have ever read.”  Laura Freeman of The Times (London) said, “I would not have wished it shorter.”  Heather Clark weaves what we know about Sylvia Plath with a wealth of never-before-accessed materials—including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews—to create an entirely new understanding of the poet’s world: her poetic ambition at a young age, her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; and her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English.  Red Comet focuses on Plath’s remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, restores the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art, and brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail that still lights the way for women poets the world over.

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