Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953
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... show more
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.
Publish date: April 16th 2013
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
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Exquisite and an inspired idea to write about this month Plath spend at Mademoiselle. I doubt anyone could have written it better than Winder. She catches the spirit of the story expertly and conveys it in words so carefully chosen and perfect that her background as a poet is obvious. Lovely.
Oh my god, this book is FANTASTIC!
Elizabeth Winder tries to re-imagine the Sylvia Plath narrative in Pain, Parties, Work. We know the side of Plath who is portrayed as an unstable and persecuted woman who is brilliant but cannot handle her own creative impulse. Winder argues that Plath's summer internship as a guest editor at Mademo...
Moments can define us. I read this biography right after having read The Bell Jar. Since The Bell Jar is semi-autobiographical, I am led to believe that Plath was a young woman of the 1950s, with hopes, dreams and ambition but who succumbed to a depression and became mired in it. It was interesting ...
The experience of a book is shaped by the reader: what she feels, thinks, values, believes, has experienced, wants to experience. Some books come with more baggage than others.Sylvia Plath is a figure for whom I have intense, tangled feelings; any book I read by her or of her is seen through the ma...