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Remember the Ladies: Anne Sexton


Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928, Newton, Massachusetts – October 4, 1974, Weston, Massachusetts) was an influential American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her suicidal tendencies, long battle against depression, and various intimate details from her own private life, including her relationship with her husband and children. [Wikipedia]

Often associated with Sylvia Plath…they were contemporaries and friends; both spent time in mental institutions; both married unhappily…Sexton lived longer than Plath and received the Pulitzer for her work. She was also a university professor for a time. However, she grew dependent on drugs and alcohol and eventually committed suicide in the same method as Plath, by gassing herself to death. [Remember the Ladies, Kirsten Olsen]

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