Anne Sexton

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An expression of an extraordinary poet's life story in her own words, this book shows Anne Sexton as she really was in private, as she wrote about herself to family, friends, fellow poets, and students. Anne's daughter Linda Gray Sexton and her close confidant Lois Ames have judiciously chosen from among thousands of letters and provided commentary where necessary. Illustrated throughout with candid photographs and memorabilia, the letters—brilliant, lyrical, caustic, passionate, angry—are a consistently ...

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Overview

An expression of an extraordinary poet's life story in her own words, this book shows Anne Sexton as she really was in private, as she wrote about herself to family, friends, fellow poets, and students. Anne's daughter Linda Gray Sexton and her close confidant Lois Ames have judiciously chosen from among thousands of letters and provided commentary where necessary. Illustrated throughout with candid photographs and memorabilia, the letters—brilliant, lyrical, caustic, passionate, angry—are a consistently revealing index to Anne Sexton's quixotic and exuberant personality.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Linda Sexton, Anne Sexton's elder daughter and literary executor, adds a new introduction to this collection of the poet's letters first published in 1977. PW called the original edition, ``An arresting, disturbing portrait of a gifted, unstable, death-obsessed writer who never took that giant step from childhood to maturity.'' Photos. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618492428
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 482
  • Sales rank: 992,951
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Sexton (1928-1974), the author of ten collections of poems, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1967.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Journey Through Letters

    I first heard about Anne Sexton in one of my American Literature classes in college when we studied some of her works. Even though I was interested in a few of her poems at the time, I was quick to put her (and her writing) out of my mind. It wasn't until a few years later that I rediscovered Anne in a local bookstore I happened to see a book called 'Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters.' Curious, I flipped through some of the pages and started reading fragments of her letters. Moments later, I decided that I wanted to purchase the book. Though it took me a while to read the biography, I became fascinated with Anne and all aspects of her life. The fact that this biography explores both her personal and professional life attracted me as a reader. The title, in itself, is interesting because it caught my attention, and I had never before read a person's biography that consisted mainly of letters¿written to acquaintances and loved ones. It was a new experience for me, and a very enjoyable one at that! It seems that nowadays, for the most part, letters are disregarded as they have been replaced by e-mails and text messages. Reading Anne's letters also reminded me of when I used to write to various friends all over the world. Though I have stopped writing letters, Anne's biography took me back in time and allowed me to live vicariously through her written word. 'Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters' is a definite must have for those who wish to delve further into the mind of a brilliant poet.

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