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Wintering A Novel of Sylvia Plath (Paperback)

Author:  Kate Moses
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1400035007
ISBN-13: 9781400035007
Sku: 33877540
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  336
Age Range:  NA
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This engrossing debut novel depicts Sylvia Plath''s feverish artistic process in the bitter aftermath of her failed marriage to Ted Hughes--the few excruciating yet astoundingly productive weeks in which she wrote Ariel," " her defining last collection of poems.
In December 1962, shortly before her suicide, Plath moved with her two children to London from the Hughes''s home in Devon. Focusing on the weeks after their arrival, but weaving back through the years of Plath''s marriage, Kate Moses imagines the poet juggling the demands of motherhood and muse, shielding her life from her own mother, and by turns cherishing and demonizing her relationship with Ted. Richly imagined yet meticulously faithful to the actual events of Plath''s life, Wintering is a remarkable portrait of the moments of bravery and exhilaration that Plath found among the isolation and terror of her depression
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This engrossing début novel depicts Sylvia Plath’s feverish artistic process in the bitter aftermath of her failed marriage to Ted Hughes—the few excruciating yet astoundingly productive weeks in which she wrote Ariel, her defining last collection of poems.

In December 1962, shortly before her suicide, Plath moved with her two children to London from the Hughes’s home in Devon. Focusing on the weeks after their arrival, but weaving back through the years of Plath’s marriage, Kate Moses imagines the poet juggling the demands of motherhood and muse, shielding her life from her own mother, and by turns cherishing and demonizing her relationship with Ted. Richly imagined yet meticulously faithful to the actual events of Plath’s life, Wintering is a remarkable portrait of the moments of bravery and exhilaration that Plath found among the isolation and terror of her depression
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Sylvia Plath's slide toward suicide at the end of 1962 is the subject of this novel, which explores the decline of her marriage and her inability to cope with the stress of her life, which included her husband's desertion, the struggle to care for her children, her fraught relations with her mother, her growing fame, and of course the constant need to write poetry.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Rich and harrowing, told with none of the sensationalism or cheap sentiment that has undermined so many accounts of Plath's life and end." 12/01/2002

New York Times Book Review
"WINTERING is beautiful and moving....[W]ith great economy, Moses portrays a demanding, pitiless woman struggling against the stark fact of her husband's infidelities and her own inner demons." - Kate Bolick 03/09/2003

Times Literary Supplement
"In trying to sympathize with Plath's all-too-ordinary plight, Moses loses sight of what made her extraordinary: the woman who emerges from this book is anything but a writer....[The] rich, jeweled voice does not evoke Sylvia Plath. In her last poems and journals, Plath certainly tends to the rapturous, but she is more frequently acidic, and this bracing nastiness provides a necessary antidote to her creeping self-pity and despair....In spite of these drawbacks, WINTERING is extremely well researched, for the most part accurate...and fair-minded, which quality alone makes it unusual in the writing about Plath and Hughes. Those who know the story well will find nothing new about the two poets here--but they will find a new writer of startling, lyrical intensity who is worth looking out for." - Sarah Churchwell 02/28/2003

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0336
Product attributePublisher:   Anchor Books
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