Il 31 maggio 1953, a soli vent’anni, Sylvia Plath arriva a New York con una borsa di studio per un soggiorno di un mese come redattore inviato dalla rivista Mademoiselle , che aveva pubblicato il suo racconto «Domenica dai Minton». Per la giovane collegiale del New England sono ventisei giorni di sogno, in cui soggiornerà al Barbizon Hotel, assisterà ai balletti di Blanchine, a una partita allo Yankee Stadium e ballerà al West Side Tennis Club. Giorni in cui la città le apre le sue infinite possibilità e la giovane Sylvia, tra le altre cose, mangia una ciotola intera di caviale, pedina Dylan Thomas, e scopre il suo drink preferito (vodka liscia)… Basandosi su interviste approfondite con le persone che la conobbero e la frequentarono in quel breve, intensissimo mese, Elizabeth Winder racconta come quel periodo influì profondamente sulla Plath, sulla sua visione del mondo, e come si delineò il suo profilo di donna e scrittrice. Intensa e illuminante, questa biografia ci mostra l’autrice di La campana di vetro (l’unico suo romanzo che racconta, trasfigurata, proprio quella memorabile estate) come la ragazza che era prima di diventare un’icona.
- ISBN: 8860888018
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 272
This is a great idea for a book—the whole Mademoiselle college board thing, and Sylvia Plath’s place in it, was fascinating to me, and it was so interesting to hear what the other guest editors had to say about the experience. Plus, I’d never given much thought to the smart, literary, career-minded Leggi tutto
The experience of a book is shaped by the reader: what she feels, thinks, values, believes, has experienced, wants to experience. Some books come with more baggage than others. Sylvia Plath is a figure for whom I have intense, tangled feelings; any book I read by her or of her is seen through the man Leggi tutto
Owl You Need Is a Good Read Review : The best way to describe this book is: The Bell Jar, but non-fiction. Pain, Parties, Work tells the story of Sylvia Plath during the month of June, 1953 and her internship at Mademoiselle magazine in New York City. That month in NYC was exciting, but with a manic Leggi tutto
"She simply loved food the way she loved so much of the material world: cashmere, caviar, beer--all of it. She loved the colors, wrote in her diary of yellow corn chowder, tuna salad laden with mayonnaise, the dazzling yellow of an egg yolk, the glint of peacock blue inside a raw oyster." A delicious Leggi tutto
"That if you stand still for a moment the world keeps moving, that sometimes no head will turn despite shiny hair and freshly applied lipstick. That many of your peers will want less than you, and that you will envy them for that." This book follows in greatly detailed short chapters/vignettes June 1 Leggi tutto
Wspaniała, bardzo ciekawa książka, fantastycznie napisana, tętniąca rytmem lat 50 ubiegłego wieku, skrząca się nowojorskim słońcem, pachnąca potem, winem, ostrygami i świeżym, sierpniowym numerem Mademosielle. Z nieco trywialnych rzeczy jak opisy fatałaszków, kolorów szminek i czółenek, a także kole Leggi tutto
Recommended to me by my trusted BFF Lindsey Gates-Markel and Gates-Markel didn't lie to me. All truth, this is one of the most beautiful books I've ever had the pleasure to read. "(Tonight I lost my red bandeau with all the redness in my red little heart), red linen ballet flats in Paris, and lots o Leggi tutto
I love reading on trains. I read the whole of this book on a train journey from Cardiff to Leeds and I think reading a book in one go kinda changes how you feel about it - it makes the whole experience more intense and involving. Anyway, I really enjoyed this, and it only drops a star because it rep Leggi tutto
A fascinating glimpse into one summer of Sylvia Plath's life, remembering her as the vivacious and bright young woman she was. The story of Sylvia Plath's work at the magazine Mademoiselle - which provided inspiration for The Bell Jar - this biography is told through memories of other guest editors, Leggi tutto
This biography of poet Sylvia Plath focuses on the events depicted in roughly one half of her novel The Bell Jar (published posthumously in the U.S. in 1971). I picked it up as supplemental reading only and would recommend it to those who are fans of the novel or interested in learning as much as th Leggi tutto
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