from The Journals of Sylvia Plath
...I feel I have lived enough to last my life in musings, tracings of crossings and recrossings with people, mad and sane, stupid and brilliant, beautiful and grotesque, infant and antique, cold and hot, pragmatic and dream- ridden, dead and alive. I feel myself grip on my past as if it were my life: I shall make it my future business....
American poet and novelist. Born in Boston to an Austrian American mother and a German immigrant father who taught at Boston University, Plath was only eight years old when her first poem was published in the Boston Herald. While an undergraduate at Smith College, she won a coveted internship at Mademoiselle magazine in New York City, an experience she later recounted in her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar (1963), a harrowing chronicle of mental illness. Shortly after receiving her B.A. in English, Plath won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Cambridge University, where she met her future husband, the poet Ted Hughes. In her short lifetime she published only one volume of poetry, The Colossus and Other Poems (1960); her second collection, Ariel (1963), came out shortly after her death by suicide and immediately secured her place among the greatest American poets of the twentieth century. See also sylviaplath.info.