Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953
by Elizabeth Winder
For Book Beginnings:
Her room was the size of a decent closet -- beige walls trimmed in maroon paint. A dark green carpet, ferny bedspread with rose-patterned ruffles like Snow White's muted forest.
- p. 5 (ARC, page may change)
For Friday 56:
"I expect a son two and a half years from now," Otto announced to his wife, as he held minutes-old baby Sylvia in his arms.
- p. 57 (ARC, page may change)
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Synopsis: Pain, Parties, Work by Elizabeth Winder is a compelling look at a young Sylvia Plath and the life-changing month that would lay the groundwork for her seminal novel, The Bell Jar. In May of 1953, a twenty-one-year-old Plath arrived in New York City, the guest editor of Mademoiselle’s annual College Issue. She lived at the Barbizon Hotel, attended the ballet, went to a Yankee game, and danced at the West Side Tennis Club. She was supposed to be having the time of her life. But what would follow was, in Plath’s words, twenty-six days of pain, parties, and work, that ultimately changed the course of her life. Thoughtful and illuminating, featuring line drawings and black-and-white photographs, Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 offers well-researched insights as it introduces us to Sylvia Plath—before she became one of the greatest and most influential poets of the twentieth century.I finally read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. If you've read it, you probably know its draw despite it being a terrible depressing and heartbreaking read. Check out my review here, if you haven't already. Commenters are obvious Plath fans :)
It was because of this book that I pushed myself to read The Bell Jar. It'll be interesting, to the say the least, to learn a little more about the icon that is Sylvia Plath. Do you think this is something you'd read?