Red Comet by Heather Clark audiobook

Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath

By Heather Clark
Read by Laura Jennings

Random House Audio 9780307961167
45.45 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593292112

“Finally, the biography that Sylvia Plath deserves . . . A spectacular achievement.” —Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more. Clark's clear-eyed portraits of Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark's meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail that still lights the way for women poets the world over.

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Summary

Summary

A London Guardian Best Book of the Year 

A Wall Street Journal Pick for Fall

A New York Times pick of Fall's Best Books

A Fall 2020 Boston Globe Pick

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Pick for Fall Reading

A USA Today Pick for Fall

An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick of Fall Books

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

“Finally, the biography that Sylvia Plath deserves . . . A spectacular achievement.” —Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more. Clark's clear-eyed portraits of Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark's meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail that still lights the way for women poets the world over.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Clark lifts the poet’s life from the Persephone myth it has become and examines it in all its complexity.” BookPage (starred review)
“A superb work that will deliver fresh revelations to Plath’s many devoted fans.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Surely the final, the definitive, biography of Sylvia Plath.” The Guardian (London)
“A joyful affirmation for Plath fanatics and a legitimization of her legacy.” Los Angeles Times
“Clark’s meticulously researched account manages to be both riveting and revelatory, restoring complexity and nuance to a poet whose career has been overshadowed by the circumstances of her tragic early death.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Heather Clark

Author Bio: Heather Clark

Heather Clark is the author of several books, including the acclaimed biography Red Comet. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University and her doctorate in English from Oxford University. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship; a Leon Levy Biography Fellowship at the City University of New York; and a Visiting US Fellowship at the Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library. Her work has appeared in publications including Harvard Review and the London Times Literary Supplement, and she has served as the scholarly consultant for the BBC documentary Sylvia Plath: Life Inside the Bell Jar. She is professor of contemporary poetry at the University of Huddersfield. Follow her at www.heatherclarkauthor.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 45.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English