The silent woman sylvia plath and ted hughes janet malcolm on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in an astonishing feat of literary detection one of the most provocative critics of our time and the author of in the freud archives and the purloined clinic offers an elegantly reasoned meditation on the art of biography. The silent woman is a fascinating examination of the many biographers who have latched onto the life and death of writer sylvia plath janet malcolm explores their motives methods and the impact of their work in terms of creating sustaining or shattering our perceptions of the poet who took her own life in 1963. Sylvia plath her biographers and plaths then living relatives are the exemplar malcolm dissects the silent woman reads like a journal and malcolm sets the scene for countless interviews with no less precision and detail than any fine mystery novelist setting the scene for her detectives great unveiling. In the silent woman janet malcolm examines the biographies of sylvia plath to create a book not about plaths life but about her afterlife how her estranged husband the poet ted hughes as executor of her estate tried to serve two masters plaths art and his own need for privacy and how it fell to his sister olwyn hughes as . The silent woman sylvia plath and ted hughes by janet malcolm is a biography through the lens of whats wrong with biography its fascinating to plath fans and afficionados me and those who want to examine language text and form and the barriers between whatever truth is and the outcomes of communication me again
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