Sylvia Plath was one of the most dynamic and admired writers of the 20th century. Born in 1932 in Boston, Plath was a gifted student who had won numerous awards and had published stories and poetry in national magazines while still in her teens.
It was during her undergraduate years that Plath began to suffer symptoms of severe depression that would ultimately lead to her death. Her experiences of breakdown and recovery were later turned into fiction for her only published novel, The Bell Jar.
📷: Rollie McKenna, 1959. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Rollie McKenna. © Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation, courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation.