Sylvia plath method and madness

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sylvia plath method and madness

Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness by Edward Butscher

I was really looking forward to reading this book, and I did enjoy reading about the life of Sylvia Plath. However. The tone in Butschers writing upset me quite a bit. He spends much of the book analyzing Sylvias poetry. Her early poetry, he keeps damning as unsophisticated and not noteworthy. She was 20 years old! Give the girl a break. Who was a significant poet at 20?

Also, he constantly refers to one of Sylvias personas as the bitch goddess. I found this to be incredibly misogynistic and, quite frankly, in really poor taste. Had Sylvia referred to herself in these terms, I could see using the tern sparingly. But, to my knowledge, she never did.

I also feel that Butscher shows way too much kindness to Ted Hughes.

I wonder why someone who seems to dislike Sylvia Plath so much spent so much effort writing a biography about her.
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Sylvia Plath : Method and Madness by Edward Butscher (2003, Paperback, Reprint)

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Although I have no major quarrel with Ian Hamilton's critique of Linda Wagner-Martin's ''Sylvia Plath,'' I must protest the protracted apologia for Ted Hughes embedded in and often overwhelming his peculiar review. Hamilton's intimate knowledge of the English-American poetry scene makes it seem disingenuous of him to claim that there have been ''one or two full-length biographies'' of Plath to date. As he should be aware, my controversial ''Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness'' was the sole biography to appear before Ms. More relevant, several other substantial biographies in the works over the last decade never saw print, largely because of the obstructionist tactics of Olwyn Hughes, Mr. Hughes's sister and manager of the Plath estate. In my own case, Olwyn Hughes was initially cordial, even generous. This situation altered dramatically, however, after she read the galleys and began demanding numerous changes, the bulk of which entailed excising any negative references to the Hughes family and modifying several remarks about Plath's mother.

This is the first full-length biography of Sylvia Plath, whose suicide made her a misinterpreted cause celebre and catapulted her into the ranks of the major confessional voices of her generation. He lives in East Hampton, New York. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Seabury Press, Condition: New. Never used!.

Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness: A Biography [Edward Butscher] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the first full-length biography.
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For Sylvia Plath, as even the most casual reading of her poetry demonstrates, the central obsession from the beginning to the end of her life and career was her father, Professor Otto Emile Plath. His life and, more importantly, his death nine days after her eighth birthday left an imprint upon her imagination that time did not erase or soften.

This is the first full-length biography of Sylvia Plath, whose suicide made her a misinterpreted cause celebre and catapulted her into the ranks of the major confessional voices of her generation. I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old. For Sylvia Plath, as even the most casual reading of her poetry demonstrates, the central obsession from the beginning to the end of her life and career was her father, Professor Otto Emile Plath. His life and, more importantly, his death nine days after her eighth birthday left an imprint upon her imagination that time did not erase or soften. Although the facts are sparse, there is at least sufficient information to provide a rough profile.

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