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Author Sylvia Plath was born in Massachusetts on October 17th, 1932. Plath never maintaned a good relationship with her father and he passed away when she was still at a young age in 1940. It wasn't until 1953 that Plath became a published writer. She was first published in Smith College Magazine, the school she was currently attending.
 
Plath began to experience mental disorder early in life. In 1953 she was treated for depression after attempting suicide by a sleeping pill overdose. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and gave birth to daughter Frieda Rebecca Hughes in the year 1960. She also finished her first collection of poems, The Bell Jars that year. The poems narrated the path of a girl from adolescence to womanhood, fitting with Plath's reoccuring theme of feminism.
 
After giving birth to her second child, son Nicholas Farrar Hughes, in the year 1962, Plath learned of her husband's infedelity. Her poems became more angry. This period for Plath included the poems "Lady Lazarus," "Daddy," and "Ariel." This same year, Plath separated from Hughes and moved into an apartment with her children. In 1963 Plath published The Bell Jars under the pen name Victoria Lucas. She also took her own life, commiting suicide by gas inhalation and an overdose of sleeping pills. She died at the age of thirty-one.

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