In this lively and accessible introduction to Sylvia Plath's writing, Susan Bassnett offers a balanced view of one of the finest modern poets. Bassnett argues that there can never be any definitive version of the Plath story, but from close reading of the texts she left behind, readers can discover the excitement of her diverse work. The second edition includes new chapters and ends with a reading of Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters.
Susan Bassnett is Professor of Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. She is the author of books on poetry, translation, women's writing and theatre. A collection of her own poems and translations, Exchanging Lives, appeared in 2002.