Plath, Sylvia

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Sylvia Plath
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Plath, Sylvia Gender: F
born on 27 October 1932 at 14:10 (= 2:10 PM )
Place Boston MA, USA, 42n22, 71w04
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 04°10' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 08°30 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 29°21'


American poet and novelist known for her exquisite poetry and her autobiographical novel, “The Bell Jar,” published in 1963. The novel centers on a young woman with a fragile hold on life. Plath committed suicide shortly after its publication.

Plath was a sensitive, studious child, born to a college professor and his educated, cultured wife. In November 1940, when Sylvia was just 8 years old, her father died from complications of diabetes. An intense student, she worked hard to achieve good grades. The following year, in August 1941, one of Plath’s poems was published in a Boston, MA newspaper. By age 18, she had won awards for her poetry and, with her excellent grades and obvious talent, she won a scholarship to Smith College. During her junior year, she spent the summer in New York as a guest editor for Mademoiselle, a fashion magazine. While still a student at Smith, she had a nervous breakdown, attempted suicide by swallowing sleeping pills and was given shock treatments. Despite such upheaval, she graduated in 1955 and went to Cambridge, England on a Fulbright scholarship.

One night at a party in Cambridge, February 25, 1956, she met Ted Hughes, and their romance began in a blaze of passion. She wrote, "He kissed me bang smash on the mouth, And when he kissed my neck, I bit him long and hard on the cheek and, when we came out of the room, Blood was running down his face." The handsome gifted pair married four months later, on June 16, 1956.

The couple had two children, Frieda in 1960 and Nicholas in 1962. During their time together, the brilliant and tortured Plath mined her own anguish, writing obsessively of her depression, her jealousy, her marriage and her father, the strict, formal professor who had abandoned her by his premature death. Her first book, "The Colossus" was released in 1960. “The Bell Jar” achieved critical acclaim in 1963 for its moving portrayal of a young woman’s life including her emotional breakdown, suicide attempts, psychological treatment and relationships.

During the course of her marriage, Plath's behavior became increasingly more erratic and obsessive. Beset by worry over money, insecurity over her worth as a writer, jealousy over her husband’s friendships with other women, she wrote furiously in her torment. Their relationship suffered tremendously from her fragility and his inability to deal with her roller-coaster emotions. Suspecting her husband of an affair, she gathered all of his papers she could find and burned them in the garden. In 1962, he left her for another woman, Assia Wevill. Just one month after the publication of “The Bell Jar,” on a frigid wintry day in England, she tucked her two small children safely away in their room, set out milk and cookies for them, and put her head in their London flat’s gas oven, ending her life on February 11, 1963. She was just 30 years old. Her last-written poems appeared two years later in "Ariel." In a twist of irony, the poems established Plath as a fiercely original poet who exceeded her husband as an icon in the world of literature. Other collections of her poetry followed, with one in 1981 edited by her husband, Ted Hughes.

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  • spouse relationship with Hughes, Ted (born 17 August 1930). Notes: Bitter very


  • Death by Suicide 11 February 1963 (Gassed herself in oven, age 30)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1 April 1960 (Daughter Frieda born)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1962 (Hughes left for another woman)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1963 (Noted autobiography released, "The Bell Jar")
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 25 February 1956 (Met Ted Hughes at London party)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1965 (Poems in "Ariel")

Source Notes

R.H. Oliver quotes AA 10/1977, from her mother. (PC gives same data as B.C., Massachusetts certificates did not record time on birth certificates. before 1940.)

These data give an ASC of 29 Aquarius; Hughes in his letters refers to "that day's Sun in the Fish conjunct your Ascendant exactly opposite my Neptune," with his Neptune at 3 Virgo.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Depressed, suicidal)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Given shock treatments)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Noted American writer)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter and one son)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age eight when dad died)