Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century. Her writings are known for their confessional style and powerful imagery.

Early Life

Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were Aurelia Schober Plath and Otto Plath. Sylvia showed her poetry skills at a young age, winning many awards in high school. In 1950 she began studying English literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.


After college, Sylvia worked as a guest editor in Mademoiselle magazine where she got into mental health issues and her therapy sessions became very frequent. Despite this struggle with depression and breakdowns throughout her life, she continued to write brilliantly about important themes such as gender roles.

In 1960 her first book of poetry The Colossus was published followed by Ariel (1965) which is considered simply brilliant by critics.

She also completed a novel titled The Bell Jar that was initially rejected but later published under a pseudonym one month before her death.


On February 11, 1963 Sylvia Plath committed suicide using cooking gas during a period of depression after separating from her husband.


Today Sylvia’s works are studied around the world due to their timeless theme on emotions literary prowess across all genres.. Her impact can still be felt today as new readers continue discovering her incredible writing every day.


Sylvia Plath's poetic excellence has significantly influenced contemporary literature worldwide despite dying at a young age leaving behind piles of exceptional literary exploration that would only hint us on what legacy would have been created if alive till now.