Middlebrook's balanced biography reconstructs the life of the late poet in extraordinary detail. Photos. New afterword. Author tour . ( Nov. )no mention of controversy over use of tapes, and ensuing bestsellerdom? surely this is what new afterword is about/we don't have information on this/also it never hit PW's bestseller list/pk
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In this rich and enthralling biography of American confessional poet Sexton, Middlebrook (English, Stanford) approaches Sexton's life and work with a masterful balance of objectivity and empathy, weaving a compulsively readable tale of Sexton's transformation from housewife to award-winning poet while she battled severe mental illness. Middlebrook's analysis of the relationship of Sexton's illness to her art is rendered more immediate and more powerful by her skillful use of tapes of Sexton's psychotherapy sessions. Avoiding literary and psychoanalytical jargon, Middlebrook judiciously assesses Sexton's work and describes the familial, psychological, and sociological determinants of Sexton's illness, which finally drove her to suicide in 1974. Highly recommended for research collections in literature and women's studies, for collections in psychiatry, and for general readers, even if it were not the only biography of Sexton available. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/91.
- Ellen Finnie Duranceau, MIT Lib., Cambridge
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Excellent book! Really helped me with my bachelour thesis I'm currently working on. Great job DM!Published 4 months ago by Lydia Hostovecka
I wonder why it has come to the Kindle yet? This book is big medicine,.Published 9 months ago by Joseph J Lyons
I loved it basically . If youre a bit mentaly ill / depressed / freak poet then you're gonna love this !! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Trey Blake
It's interesting how this controversial poet has seen her star dim in the last twenty years since this biography was published. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by almost fifty years old
I enjoy reading biographies, but this one just ran a little long on details that seemed so boring. Anne Sexton has always been reported on about her mental illness, and I wanted to... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by pfree
Biography is amazing. I was captivated - not just because Anne Sexton is such a fascinating subject, but also because Diane Middlebrook is such an amazing biographer. Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Ada Ardor
Ms. Middlebrook provides an extremely detailed look into the life of Anne Sexton. By using interviews, Sexton's writings and recordings of Sexton's therapy sessions, Middlebrook... Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Will
This was a national bestseller when it came out in 1991.
It really is a very good book. Ever since my "Sylvia Plath phase," I have wanted to read a biography of Anne... Read more