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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) — biography from The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton… (more)
The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton 1,953 copies, 18 reviews
Transformations 943 copies, 17 reviews
Selected Poems: Anne Sexton 474 copies, 5 reviews
Love Poems 385 copies, 4 reviews
Live or Die 220 copies, 1 review
The Awful Rowing Toward God 206 copies, 4 reviews
All My Pretty Ones 138 copies, 1 review
The Death Notebooks 129 copies, 2 reviews
45 Mercy Street 109 copies
To Bedlam and Part Way Back 91 copies, 2 reviews
Joey and the birthday present 44 copies, 1 review
The wizard's tears 13 copies, 1 review
[Two poems] 12 copies
Eggs of Things 12 copies
Poesie 5 copies
[Four poems] 4 copies
Poemas de amor 4 copies, 1 review
[Five poems] 3 copies
Poems 2 copies
Six poems 2 copies
[Three poems] 2 copies
Words 1 copy
Cinderella 1 copy
The touch 1 copy
The breast 1 copy
Four 1 copy
Red roses 1 copy
Sweeney 1 copy
Santa 1 copy
The house 1 copy
Love song 1 copy
Late poems 1 copy
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Author) 2,031 copies, 102 reviews
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor) 977 copies, 5 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 897 copies, 7 reviews
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (Contributor) 728 copies, 3 reviews
Literature: The Human Experience (Contributor) 334 copies
The Portable Sixties Reader (Contributor) 317 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Women Poets (Contributor) 293 copies
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 190 copies, 20 reviews
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 159 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (Contributor) 114 copies
Poems from the Women's Movement (Contributor) 107 copies
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 107 copies, 1 review
Elsewhere, Vol. II (Contributor) 103 copies
The Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 92 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (Contributor) 68 copies, 2 reviews
The Erotic Impulse: Honoring the Sensual Self (Contributor) 52 copies, 1 review
Modern Women Poets (Contributor) 13 copies
New American Review 15 (Contributor) 8 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (Contributor) 7 copies
Open Secrets (Contributor) 7 copies
In'hui, No.9 (Contributor) 1 copy

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