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Description - Chapters in a Mythology by Judith Kroll

This was the first full-scale critical study of Sylvia Plath, which was written and published before the majority of her work had even been published by Ted Hughes, who became responsible for her literary estate when she committed suicide in 1963. Judith has written a new Foreward in which she reveals what has happened in the years following the book's initial publication. Kroll's work has remained an absolute key feature for anyone interested in Plath, and features in the bibliography of every biography and critical study written of her. Kroll was the first person to challenge the idea that Plath was a depressed, death-obsessed poet whose suicide was unavoidable. In "Chapters in a Mythology", Kroll asserts the view that Plath's work comprised of an elaborate, entire mythology and it is noticable that all later, and indeed, recent studies of both Plath and Hughes' work allude to this mythology (Ariel's "Gift by Erica Wagner", "The Poetic Quest" by Ann Skea, "Her Husband" by Diane Wood Middlebrook, "The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath" by Ronald Hayman, "Rough Magic" by Paul Alexander, any work by Linda Wagner-Martin).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750943451
ISBN-10: 0750943459
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Judith Kroll

Judith Kroll is a graduate of Smith College and holds a PHD from Yale University. She is widely regarded as an expert on the work of Sylvia Plath. She lives both in Austin, Texas, USA, where she teaches at the University, and in India, where her husband was born.