10 Sylvia Plath Quotes to Remind You Why She’s the Best

10 Sylvia Plath Quotes to Remind You Why She’s the Best

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Sylvia Plath is one of the most surprising poets to read if you’re not already familiar. Probably the only thing a lot of people know about her is her suicide, which is sad. Her poetry is fueled by her struggles with manic depression, and is often funny. She could spin a metaphor like few others and the images she crafted were unstoppable.    Bottom line is Plath is one of the greats and should be remembered for more than her illness and death. Her poetry shouldn’t be marred by her end, either. It’s its own thing and, frequently, joyously imaginative. …

9 New Books That Carry on the Spirit of Their Deceased Authors

9 New Books That Carry on the Spirit of Their Deceased Authors

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Posthumously published books are a bittersweet sort of thing. It’s like time and life carry on whether the author is around or not. It’s just plain sad, but then there’s the brighter side. Before their time was up these author’s gave us one more piece of joy to remember them by. And if that ain’t beautiful, I don’t know what is.   The last year or two have had some big posthumous books that caught our attention and have us happy yet missing, pleased yet pondering. Washington Post collected some of the great authors who walked the earth with us …

7 Legendary Authors Who Only Wrote a Single Novel

7 Legendary Authors Who Only Wrote a Single Novel

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Readers everywhere have often experienced the profound, baffling, and exciting experience of trying to find more novels written by your favorite author just to realize there are none.    When we think of novels and the ways in which they have shaped our literary minds and the world around us, it can be quite baffling to realize that the incredible, shocking, and intense nature of the novel isn’t always followed up by another work.      While many novelists, from Jane Austen to Stephen King, are known for their variety of works, here are some famous authors who have only published a single novel.  …

Bikini-Clad Sylvia Plath Book Cover Sparks Controversy

Bikini-Clad Sylvia Plath Book Cover Sparks Controversy

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The Letters of Sylvia Plath will be published this month. However, the book has different covers in the USA and the UK, with the UK version sporting an image of a blonde, bikini-clad Plath, sparking controversy.   The US and UK Covers. / Image Via Entertainment Weekly   As Plath scholar Cathleen Allyn Conway notes that this is a long-standing and ongoing issue for many female writers and the use of sexualized images undermines the seriousness of these authors’ work. While the disparaging of so-called “women’s fiction” and its marketing is a discussion for another day, Conway includes in her argument an infamous edition of The …

The Top Five Doomed Literary Couples

The Top Five Doomed Literary Couples

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We were as sad as everyone else to wake up this morning to the news of Anna Faris and Chris Pratt’s separation. Especially since their ‘getting-together’ story involves the adorable revelation that they both had dead-bug collections. So while Hollywood is in mourning, we put together a list of the top five doomed couples of the literary world.      1. Zelda Sayre and F. Scott FitzGerald.    Image Courtesy of MentalFloss   This doomed couple of the roaring twenties are one of the most famous literary couples of all time; their relationship and penchant for partying almost as legendary as …