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Sylvia Plath was born October 27th, 1932 in the town of Boston, Massachusetts. Her brother Warren was born three years later. Her father Otto Plath died when she was just eight years old from untreated diabetes. He was a mean man and his death would affect her her whole life.
In 1950 she attended Smith College and was given a position in the Mademoiselle magazine. During this time, she commited her first medically documented suicide attempt, taking too many pills and crawling under the porch to die. She was found two days later in a coma in the attic. Once recovered, she was sent to a mental institution where she was given electroshock therapy. She then graduated and received a Fulbright scholarship to Newman College, Cambridge.
Not too much later, she attended a party for a poem she had published. There, she met a man named Ted Hughes and soon fell in love. They married 1956 and had a daughter, Freida, on April 1st 1960 and their son Nicholas is January of 1962.
She published novel The Bell Jar in 1963 under the name Victoria Lucas as a sort of autobiography.
Her marriage to Hughes was rocky, as he had an ongoing afair with the woman, Assia, who was their landowner. Her and Hughes split up off and on and it finally ended and she moved to London with her kids. During their split, she set fire to boxed of drafts of Hughs' poems and thousands of letters between her and her mother she had saved. She also tore up and burned the only draft of the sequal to The Bell Jar that she had written. During the time her and Hughs were split, she wrote some of her most famous poems.
Sylvia Plath was found on February 11th, 1963 dead of carbon monoxide poisoning, with her head in the oven. She had given her children food, sealed their door with wet towels and turned the gas in her stove on, placing her head inside.