Book sheds new light on a tragic poet's life

Jul 17, 2013

Although most associate Sylvia Plath with confessional poetry and a tragic death, Winder's book aims to shed light on a different period of Plath's life.
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Most people don't think of happiness when they think of Sylvia Plath, but a new book aims to round off the perception of the tragic poet. Elizabeth Winder's "Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953," covers a joyful month-long period in Plath's life as she dated, worried about clothes and makeup and worked as an intern.

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael speaks with Melissa Benmark about his impressions of the book.