Heather Clark & Hermione Lee: Sylvia Plath, an iconic life



Heather Clark discusses her new and highly praised biography of Sylvia Plath with celebrated biographer Hermione Lee, as well as Oxford University student, Lucy Cobold. They talk about the challenges of writing “big” biography (Clark’s biography of Plath is over 900 pages); the importance of treating women like Plath and Virginia Woolf first and foremost as professional writers rather than patients; and the conscious decision to avoid certain loaded words (like ‘doomed’ or ‘neurotic’) when approaching a writer like Plath. 


Find out more about

Heather Clark: https://heatherclarkauthor.com/ @PlathBiography

Hermione Lee: http://www.hermionelee.com/


Works mentioned

Heather Clark, Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath (Knopf, 2020)

Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf (Chatto & Windus, 1996).


Artwork by Una.

Edited by Charles Pidgeon.


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