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    DescriptionNominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, controversial for its revelations of infidelity and incest and for its use of tapes released by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's psychiatrist, this bestselling biography is a brilliant and compassionate portrait of a woman who thrived on making shock waves--in her work and in her life. 43 photographs.


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    Title
    Anne Sexton: a Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diane Wood Middlebrook
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 498
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679741824
    ISBN 10: 0679741828
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    DC21: 811.54
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000, BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, SEXL/FEMINE
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 811/.54
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000, SOC028000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PS3537.E915 Z775 1992
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSF1, DNBL, DNBH
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    01 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    A wonderful book, just, balanced, insightful, complex in its sympathies and in its judgment of Sexton both as a person and as a writer... a deeply moving account."-- The New York Times Book Review "Judicious and canny. [Middlebrook] appreciates both Sexton's gifts as a poet and her attractive side as a human being...but looks at her destructive weaknesses with a steady eye." -- Time "Sympathetic but resolutely unsentimental ... intelligent, sensitive, at times harrowing." -- Joyce Carol Oates, Washington Post Book World
    Flap copy
    Anne Sexton began writing poetry at the age of twenty-nine to keep from killing herself. She held on to language for dear life and somehow -- in spite of alcoholism and the mental illness that ultimately led her to suicide -- managed to create a body of work that won a Pulitzer Prize and that still sings to thousands of readers. This exemplary biography, which was nominated for the National Book Award, provoked controversy for its revelations of infidelity and incest and its use of tapes from Sexton's psychiatric sessions. It reconciles the many Anne Sextons: the 1950s housewife; the abused child who became an abusive mother; the seductress; the suicide who carried "kill-me pills" in her handbag the way other women carry lipstick; and the poet who transmuted confession into lasting art.