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Born: November 9, 1928, Newton, MA Died: October 4, 1974, Weston, MA Literary Movement: Confessional poetry Years Active: 1960-1974
Articles on Anne Sexton
Adrienne Rich on Anne Sexton
Adrienne Rich and Lynn Emanuel
The American Poetry Review
Vol. 41, No. 6 (NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012), p. 7
Published by: American Poetry Review
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23461559
Page Count: 1
Anne Sexton and Confessional Poetry
This article re-evaluates the work of the American poet Anne Sexton. It
suggests that, far from being the apotheosis of confessionalism, as is typically
asserted, Sexton's writing is engaged in a process of negotiation and contestation
with the boundaries of the confessional mode.
An Interview with Anne Sexton
Interview with Anne Sexton
Author(s): Patricia Marx and Anne Sexton
Source: The Hudson Review, Vol. 18, No. 4 (Winter, 1965-1966), pp. 560-570
Published by: The Hudson Review, Inc
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3849705
Two Perspectives on Anne Sexton
NANCY YANES HOFFMAN and JEFFREY L. LANT
Vol. 64, No. 3 (SUMMER 1979), pp. 209-219
Published by: Southern Methodist University
Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43468286
Page Count: 11
Anne Sexton by Arthur FurstStriking photos of the alluring, defiant, and mesmerizing poet Anne Sexton-many published for the first time in this exclusive collection-taken during the last summer of her life, before her suicide on October 4, 1974According to those who knew her best, Anne Sexton was always preparing for her death, almost like an Egyptian queen constructing her pyramid. She wanted to create the most poignant version of her life story, which would best serve as her monument after she was gone. She left behind a study filled with her papers, writings, and photographs. On a photo assignment from Houghton Mifflin, Arthur Furst first met Anne Sexton in April 1974, just two months after she was revived (against her wishes) from a suicide attempt. Welcoming him into her life as a friend, Sexton entrusted Arthur Furst to capture her image over the last months of her life. Undoubtedly, she intended his photographs to become part of her legacy.Anne Sexton: The Last Summer beautifully juxtaposes Furst's exclusive photos with letters and unpublished drafts of Sexton's poems written during the last months of her life, as well as previously unpublished letters to her daughters, giving unprecedented insight into the life of this legendary poet.
Anne Sexton by Diane W. MiddlebrookAnne Sexton began writing poetry at the age of twenty-nine to keep from killing herself. She held on to language for dear life and somehow -- in spite of alcoholism and the mental illness that ultimately led her to suicide -- managed to create a body of work that won a Pulitzer Prize and that still sings to thousands of readers. This exemplary biography, which was nominated for the National Book Award, provoked controversy for its revelations of infidelity and incest and its use of tapes from Sexton's psychiatric sessions. It reconciles the many Anne Sextons: the 1950s housewife; the abused child who became an abusive mother; the seductress; the suicide who carried "kill-me pills" in her handbag the way other women carry lipstick; and the poet who transmuted confession into lasting art.
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton; Maxine Kumin (Foreword by)From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems form her last years.