The Rebranding Of Sylvia Plath

Sep 19, 2013

Credit Image courtesy Smith College

This year marks the 50th anniversary of poet Sylvia Plath’s death by suicide, the singular lens through which many readers and academics have viewed her life, writing, and marriage. Now, a new generation is re-discovering Plath from a fresh perspective, one not colored by her sad and macabre death. 

Liesl Schillinger is a New York based arts writer – she recently wrote about the 21st Century resurrection and rebranding of Sylvia Plath, and speaks with us about how writers like Lena Dunham are helping us look at her work in a whole new way.

Poet Sylvia Plath, reading from her then-unpublished collection Ariel in October 1962.