Birthday for October 27: Sylvia Plath

Today, October 27, marks the birthday of Sylvia Plath, the author and poet.

Born in Boston in 1932, Plath is known for writing confessional poetry and her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, which chronicles her experiences working as a guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine. Plath suffered from clinical depression throughout her life. She married writer Ted Hughes in 1956 and they had two children, divorcing before she committed suicide in 1963.

From Creative Commons.

From Creative Commons.

The University of Tulsa Special Collections has several of her poetry collections, some of which are listed here:

In addition, her handwritten correspondence appears in the Richard Murphy Papers collection, housed at our offsite location. The collection ID is 1988-014, and the finding aid listing letters from Plath, her husband Ted Hughes, and others, can be found here.

If you’d like to access Plath’s works or her correspondence in the Murphy collection, please contact Special Collections at or visit our offices on the 5th floor of McFarlin Library. Please note that offsite requests must be submitted 24 hours in advance.

About Melissa Kunz

Melissa Kunz is a Special Collections Librarian. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hendrix College in Arkansas.
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