A Biography by Diane Wood Middlebrook by James Carroll When Anne Sexton died in her garage, asphyxiated by exhaust, in October ofa generation of writers and readers were jolted, if not quite surprised. Death had been a main subject of hers; yes, poetry was, in Peter Davison's phrase, a "dangerous trade. With the support of a therapist, she wrote poems as a way of reclaiming her hold on life.
About 8 or 9 years ago, several of my friends, after reading some pieces I wrote, said that my words reminded them of Sexton.
I had never heard of her but at some point bought a volume of her collected works. Flicking through it one day last year, I realised I needed to know who this woman was so that I could understand what force drove the poems.
This book certainly helped me understand the force and a lot of the imagery that Sexton uses in her work.
And n An interesting read, to say the least. And now I also understand what my friends saw in me, that they also saw in her. Middlebrook, the biographer, wrote a really tight biography.
For a lot of the book I even felt as though Middlebrook felt a certain disdain, and even dislike of Anne - understandable in many ways - particularly once I discovered that Anne was an incest perpetrator herself - something that totally stunned and disgusted me, and has really quite changed my opinion of her.
I think Sexton did a terribly good job of burying herself deep under all those layers, the "fugue states" must have been a necessary behaviour in order to have a rest from simply being her! I think I would have been one of them, or at least a groupie. These days, it seems as though the most highly-praised written work comes from the educated, the sedated and the repressed.
Not always, but mostly. Anyway, it would have been a blast to have known this woman in person, albeit tiring; bucketloads of intensity, humour, charisma, drama, she lived life to the hilt - as it was said upon her death.
We all know, Anne would be loving the attention.Anne Sexton was born on November 9, , in Newton, Massachusetts.
Suffering from depression, she published her first book of poetry, To Bedlam and Part Way Back, in Born: Nov 09, Anne Sexton's papers are housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin.
The authorized biography is Diane Wood Middlebrook, Anne Sexton: A Biography (), controversial in part because of the information supplied by Sexton's first therapist. Anne Sexton biography. Anne Sexton. At Writers Theatre: My Own Stranger Anne Gray Harvey was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in She attended Garland Junior College for one year and married Alfred "Kayo" Muller Sexton II at age The edition of Anne Sexton's poetry helped lead to what can be described as Middlebrook's big break: her book Anne Sexton, A Biography published in The Sexton biography became a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award.
Anne Sexton Biography Anne Sexton was a famous American poet known for her confessional poems. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, Place Of Birth: Newton, Massachusetts, United States.
Anne Sexton was born on November 9, in Newton, Massachusetts, USA as Anne Gray Harvey. She was a writer, known for The Lobster () and Great Poets: In Their Own Words ().
She was married to Alfred "Kayo" Muller Sexton II.