We’re focusing on newer books, movies, and television shows for 2018, but that doesn’t mean we’re entirely ignoring old favorites! After all, what’s that saying–what’s old may just become new again (or something like that)?
I’ve been a Sylvia Plath fan since I was a teenager. The first poem of hers that I ever read was “Daddy,” and it was so powerful, so unsettling, so very different from anything else that I had ever read, that it always stayed with me. Later, I read her novel The Bell Jar and her other poems, and they all had a similar effect on me.
Sadly, this month marks the 55th anniversary of Plath’s suicide, but there are numerous ways to remember Plath, including revisiting her work.
You can read (or reread) Plath’s only novel, the autobiographical The Bell Jar:
Or, if you prefer, listen to it on audiobook:
Another option is perusing a collection of her poetry:
You can also watch the 2003 biographical movie about her, starring Gwyneth Paltrow:
Or if you prefer a more scholarly approach to her life, you can read one or both of the biographies about her that we have in the system.
Andrew Wilson’s Mad Girl’s Love Song is more concerned with Sylvia Plath’s life before she met her future husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, while Carl Rollyson’s American Isis is a more comprehensive look at her life.
Do you like Plath? What’s your favorite of Plath’s work? What are some of your old favorites? Tell us in the comments!