Self-portrait from 1951.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's suicide at age 30, but it's not the only significant date in Plath studies. In fact, 2013 as a whole could be called the year of Plath. It's also the 50th anniversary of her novel, The Bell Jar
, published in the U.K. under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, in January 1963. (It would not be published in the United States until 1971.) It's been 50 years since her death, and yet interest in Plath shows no signs of waning. In honor of her "deathiversary" today, for the Daily Beast, I wrote an essay about my encounter with Plath's hair, (You read that right!), and at Dame Magazine, my thoughts on why Plath remains such an icon.Past Plath-related articles:The American Poet's Corner Inducts Sylvia Plath
-The New Yorker's Book BenchBooks & Babies & Beef Stews: The Culinary Passion of Sylvia Plath
- Plath ProfilesSylvia Plath: Red and Blue
- This Recording
Another Side of Sylvia
- The Second Pass