The silent woman : Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes / Janet Malcolm
Publication year: 2005
Media class: Book
Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1993; London: Picador, 1994
The Silent Woman is a brilliant, elegantly reasoned meditation on the nature of biography. Janet Malcolm (author of Reading Chekhov, The Journalist and the Murderer, In the Freud Archives) examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath, with particular focus on Anne Stevenson's controversial Bitter Fruit, to discover how Plath became the enigma of literary history, and how the legend continues to exert such a hold on our imaginations.