Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) powerful, highly personal poems, often expressing a sense of desolation, are distinguished by their intensity and sharp imagery.
Collections include The Colossus in 1960, Ariel in 1965, published after her death, and Collected Poems in 1982. Her autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar in 1961, deals with the events surrounding a young woman's emotional breakdown.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she attended Smith College and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at Cambridge University, England, where she met the poet Ted Hughes, whom she married in 1956; they separated in 1962. She committed suicide while living in London.