The silent woman is a fascinating examination of the many biographers who have latched onto the life and death of writer sylvia plath janet malcolm explores their motives methods and the impact of their work in terms of creating sustaining or shattering our perceptions of the poet who took her own life in 1963. Hughess role as the executor of plaths literary estate and his destruction of her last diaries also come in for a close analysis the silent woman gave me additional perspective on sylvia plath while raising provocative questions about the nature of writing and biography. Sylvia plath her biographers and plaths then living relatives are the exemplar malcolm dissects the silent woman reads like a journal and malcolm sets the scene for countless interviews with no less precision and detail than any fine mystery novelist setting the scene for her detectives great unveiling. The silent woman in malcolms title is the dead poet plath who stuck her head in an oven in 1963 and left her husband hughes along with every other literary player to sort out the work she relinguished from then on. The silent woman sylvia plath and ted hughes by janet malcolm is a biography through the lens of whats wrong with biography its fascinating to plath fans and afficionados me and those who want to examine language text and form and the barriers between whatever truth is and the outcomes of communication me again
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