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Sylvia Plath

1932 - 1963

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Sylvia Plath (; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems (1960) and Ariel (1965), as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her suicide in 1963. The Collected Poems was published in 1981, which included previously unpublished works. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sylvia Plath has received more than 11,057,619 page views. Her biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Sylvia Plath is the 399th most popular writer (up from 439th in 2019), the 402nd most popular biography from United States (up from 436th in 2019) and the 41st most popular American Writer.

Sylvia Plath is most famous for her novel The Bell Jar, which was published in 1963. The novel is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman who is slowly going insane.

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Among writers, Sylvia Plath ranks 399 out of 5,755Before her are Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Apollonius of Rhodes, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Sergei Yesenin, Cornelius Nepos, and Pietro Aretino. After her are Paula Hitler, Edward Said, Arion, Lysias, Paul Auster, and Propertius.

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Among people born in 1932, Sylvia Plath ranks 20Before her are Peter O'Toole, Roh Tae-woo, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Anouk Aimée, Glenn Gould, and Dian Fossey. After her are Fernando Botero, Víctor Jara, Pat Morita, Raisa Gorbacheva, Gerhard Richter, and Miriam Makeba. Among people deceased in 1963, Sylvia Plath ranks 18Before her are C. S. Lewis, Abd el-Krim, Paul Hindemith, Nâzım Hikmet, Francis Poulenc, and Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria. After her are Theodor Heuss, Thích Quảng Đức, Yasujirō Ozu, Herbert Spencer Gasser, Rajendra Prasad, and Abd al-Karim Qasim.

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Among people born in United States, Sylvia Plath ranks 402 out of 18,182Before her are Brian De Palma (1940), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), Dianne Wiest (1946), Paul Ekman (1934), Sydney Pollack (1934), and Franklin Pierce (1804). After her are Howard Gardner (1943), J. Paul Getty (1892), Stevie Wonder (1950), Joseph Smith (1805), Paul Walker (1973), and Eminem (1972).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Sylvia Plath ranks 41Before her are O. Henry (1862), James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Truman Capote (1924), Susan Sontag (1933), Henry James (1843), and Dan Brown (1964). After her are Paul Auster (1947), Alvin Toffler (1928), Tom Clancy (1947), Gertrude Stein (1874), Louisa May Alcott (1832), and Tennessee Williams (1911).