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Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

Author of The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton

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Anne Sexton (1928-1974) is one of the most influential & frequently discussed American poets. She lived all her life in the Boston area. (Publisher Provided) Poet Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1928. She attended Garland Junior College for a year and at nineteen, married Alfred Muller Sexton II. After the birth of her first daughter in 1953 and her second daughter in 1955, Sexton suffered mental breakdowns, which included attempting suicide on her birthday in 1955. She had been diagnosed with postpartum depression. Both times she was hospitalized at Westwood Lodge and it was there that her doctor got her to pursue her interest in writing poetry. She enrolled in a poetry workshop at the Boston Center for Adult Education in 1957, which is where she met fellow poet, and soon to be close friend, Maxine Kumin. Sexton then wrote "To Bedlam and Part Way Back" (1960), "All My Pretty Ones" (1962), and in 1966, Sexton won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "Live or Die." Sexton wrote about controversial subjects, which included abortion and drug addiction. As with many other "confessional" poets, Sexton wrote of emotional anguish which came from her battle with mental illness. In 1974, she lost that battle and committed suicide. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton 1,823 copies, 17 reviews
Transformations 879 copies, 15 reviews
Selected Poems: Anne Sexton 446 copies, 5 reviews
Love Poems 363 copies, 4 reviews
Live or Die 204 copies, 1 review
The Awful Rowing Toward God 197 copies, 4 reviews
All My Pretty Ones 129 copies, 1 review
The Death Notebooks 121 copies, 2 reviews
45 Mercy Street 106 copies
To Bedlam and Part Way Back 84 copies, 1 review
Joey and the birthday present 42 copies, 1 review
[Two poems] 12 copies
Eggs of Things 11 copies
Poesie 5 copies
[Four poems] 4 copies
[Five poems] 3 copies
Poems 2 copies
[Three poems] 2 copies
Six poems 2 copies
The touch 1 copy
Words 1 copy
Cinderella 1 copy
Four 1 copy
The breast 1 copy
Santa 1 copy
Red roses 1 copy
Late poems 1 copy
The house 1 copy
Love song 1 copy
Sweeney 1 copy
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Author) 1,874 copies, 95 reviews
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor) 900 copies, 5 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 853 copies, 7 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 669 copies, 3 reviews
Literature: The Human Experience (Contributor) 312 copies
The Portable Sixties Reader (Contributor) 298 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (Contributor) 274 copies
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 167 copies, 20 reviews
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 138 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (Contributor) 106 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
Poems from the Women's Movement (Contributor) 99 copies
Elsewhere, Volume 2 (Contributor) 96 copies
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 89 copies
Modern Women Poets (Contributor) 14 copies
Open Secrets (Contributor) 7 copies
New American Review #15 (Contributor) 7 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
In'hui, No.9 (Contributor) 1 copy

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