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FZ-256501-17Research Programs: Public ScholarsHeather Lenore ClarkThe Light of the Mind: A Biography of American Poet and Novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018$50,400.00HeatherLenoreClark   CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University CenterNew YorkNY10016-4309USA2017American LiteraturePublic ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

A biography of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) that emphasizes her literary development and her important place in American letters.

I am writing a biography of the American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). Although several biographies have been published since her death in 1963, a definitive, critical biography of America's best-known, 20th-century woman poet still does not exist. Because biographies of Plath tend to be inaccurate and sensationalist, there is a need for an in-depth, meticulously researched biography that resists caricature and helps restore Plath to the prominent place she deserves in American letters. Sylvia Plath: The Light of the Mind will recover Plath the writer.