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 death in 1963. The Collected Poems were published in 1981, which included previously unpublished works.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 9,764,846 page views. Her biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Sylvia Plath is the 439th most popular writer (up from 476th in 2019), the 436th most popular biography from United States (up from 442nd in 2019) and the 45th 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 439 out of 5,794Before her are Kurt Vonnegut, Alexander Pope, Heinrich von Kleist, Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Joseph Brodsky. After her are Ken Follett, Baldassare Castiglione, Tom Clancy, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Ilya Ehrenburg.

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Among people born in 1932, Sylvia Plath ranks 23Before her are Anthony Perkins, Glenn Gould, Dian Fossey, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Fernando Botero, and Little Richard. After her are Víctor Jara, Roy Scheider, Camilo Cienfuegos, Miriam Makeba, Ted Kennedy, and Michel Legrand. Among people deceased in 1963, Sylvia Plath ranks 18Before her are Ngo Dinh Diem, Nâzım Hikmet, Paul Hindemith, Abd el-Krim, Francis Poulenc, and Yasujirō Ozu. After her are Theodor Heuss, Thích Quảng Đức, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Carmen Amaya, and Theodore von Kármán.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Sylvia Plath ranks 436 out of 15,968Before her are Glen Campbell (1936), Black Dahlia (1924), Crazy Horse (1840), Alfred Kinsey (1894), Lauren Bacall (1924), and Terry Gilliam (1940). After her are Jennifer Aniston (1969), Stanley Cohen (1922), Frank Abagnale (1948), Tom Clancy (1947), Julianne Moore (1960), and Robert Kiyosaki (1947).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Sylvia Plath ranks 45Before her are Philip Roth (1933), Alvin Toffler (1928), Gertrude Stein (1874), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), Thomas Wolfe (1900), and Kurt Vonnegut (1922). After her are Tom Clancy (1947), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), William S. Burroughs (1914), Louisa May Alcott (1832), T. S. Eliot (1888), and Theodore Dreiser (1871).