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Revealing Sylvia Plath

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Revealing Sylvia Plath
“All good letter writers”, Virginia Woolf wrote in 1940, a year before her suicide, “feel the drag of the face on the other side of the page.” She meant that the important thing about writing letters isn’t the art of writing but the act of corresponding. Sometimes she linked this to a letter’s disposability, as if the likelihood of its being burned or destroyed fostered a specially “intimate, irreticent, indiscreet” kind of writing. By this standard, Sylvia Plath – who once said that “nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing” – is not one of literature’s great letter writers....
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