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Sylvia Plath cheers you up on a November Sunday

Listen to Sylvia Plath reading “November Graveyard.” It lays out her thoughts on the cemetery where she would eventually lie.

I don’t know much about Sylvia Plath, but I find her accent here fascinating. She was from Boston, and you can hear a little of it in her vowels, but mainly she affects a strange British accent that makes her sound like she checked her identity at the door of St. George the Martyr, when she married TH.

If you know some interesting things about her, tells us in the comments. Otherwise, have a nice day!

10 comments on “Sylvia Plath cheers you up on a November Sunday

  1. J. S. Collyer
    November 24, 2013

    Amazing. I’ve never heard her voice before, a lovely voice. Very rounded.

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 24, 2013

      I’d never heard her before either. Kind of otherworldly…

  2. John W. Howell
    November 24, 2013

    She wrote “The bell Jar” and snuffed herself in an oven.

  3. sknicholls
    November 24, 2013

    Her book was published under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas just a few weeks before her death by suicide. She suffered from depression, but in her lifetime wrote tons of poetry. She was also an artist and her daughter has published her drawings.

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 24, 2013

      Which book? Not The Bell Jar?! I think I knew a Victoria Lucas at some point… Whoa!

      • sknicholls
        November 24, 2013

        After Ted Hughes (a British poet) left her for another woman in 1962, Sylvia Plath fell into a deep depression. Struggling with her mental illness, she wrote The Bell Jar (1963), her only novel, which was based on her life and deals with one young woman’s mental breakdown. Plath published the novel under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas.

        It was the Pulitzer Prize that she was the first person to have been awarded posthumously.

        BTW…I got that all wrong in the book I published. My character, Sybil, was reading the Bell Jar and I stated that it had been published posthumously…I was like,… F…Oh well….that’s why it’s called fiction, right?

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