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Linda Wagner-Martin's Sylvia Plath: A Biography, published in 1987, provides a balanced portrait of the writer, examining both her depression and talent.
J D. Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye, published in 1953, examines the troubled adolescence of Holden Caulfield and the phoniness he detects in most adults.
Sylvia Plath's collection of poetry, Ariel, was published posthumously in 1965 and contains some of Plath's most haunting work. With the publication of these poems written toward the end of Plath's short life, the author soon acquired a cult-like reputation.
Eileen Aird's Sylvia Plath: Her Life and Work, published in 1973, is a good book for students unfamiliar with Plath's poetry and reputation.
The Colossus (1960), Sylvia Plath's only collection of poetry published during her lifetime, has many of her poems written in the 1950s.
Sylvia Plath's The Collected Poems, published in 1981, includes all of Plath's verse, including many formerly unpublished pieces. It won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1982.
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