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Anne Sexton: A Biography Paperback – October 27, 1992
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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- Ellen Finnie Duranceau, MIT Lib., Cambridge
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This is not a particularly literary biography - so if you are a PhD in Literature, it probably won't add anything to your understanding of Sexton's use of meter or rhyme schemes. It rigorously follows the events of her life but does not spend much time on her formative years. However, the scope and depth of Middlebrook's psychological research is wonderful, and someone who appreciates both psychology and literature will enjoy this book immeasureably.
In addition to the lurid personal details and the deep analyses of Sexton's troubled psyche, Middlebrook shows the reader Sexton's intense determination and devotion to becoming a famous poet. Anne would sit at her typewriter for hours everyday, working on poems. She was also very aware of the benefits of creating a dramatic public persona.
Sexton would walk up on stage in a striking black cocktail dress with red lipstick and a seductive swagger. Her throaty voice would cast a spell over the audience as she read her poems. "I am a middle-aged witch. . ." she would begin, and the room would be spell-bound by both her glamour and her bold confessional poetry. But underneath it all, she was a nervous wreck, unable to give a reading without a quick shot of liquor to make her knees stop shaking!
Diane Middlebrook's biography was so piercing, so unforgiving, it was, at times, truly uncomfortable to read. I felt almost voyeuristic, pouring over these shocking private details of Anne Sexton's life. Yet, Middlebrook's book did give me an amazingly powerful feeling of intimacy with one of my favorite poets.Read more ›
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Excellent book! Really helped me with my bachelour thesis I'm currently working on. Great job DM!Published 13 months ago by Lydia Hostovecka
I wonder why it has come to the Kindle yet? This book is big medicine,.Published 18 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 23 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