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American Isis Audiobook
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American Isis Audiobook



by Carl Rollyson

  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Release date: 02-25-13
  • Language: English


The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth. Educated at Smith, she had an epically conflict-filled relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the Sturm und Drang of married life in the full glare of the world of English and American letters. Her poems were fought over, rejected, accepted and, ultimately, embraced by readers everywhere. Dead at 30, she committed suicide by putting her head in an oven while her children slept.

Her poetry collection entitled Ariel became a modern classic. Her novel The Bell Jar has a fixed place on student reading lists.

American Isis is the first Plath biography benefiting from the new Ted Hughes archive at the British Library, which includes 41 letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers.

The Sylvia Plath that Carl Rollyson brings to us in American Isis is no shrinking violet overshadowed by Ted Hughes; she is a modern-day Isis, a powerful force that embraced high and low culture to establish herself in the literary firmament.

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Carl Rollyson




10 hrs and 15 mins

Narrated by

George Newbern

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