The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath And Ted Hughes
Even as Malcolm brings her skepticism to bear on the claims of biography to present the truth about a life, a portrait of Sylvia Plath emerges that gives us a sense of "knowing" this tragic poet in a way we have never known her before. And she dispels forever the innocence with which most of us have approached the reading of any biography.
"Rich and theatrical."--The New York Times Book Review. "The Silent Woman is one of the deepest, loveliest, and most problematic things Janet Malcolm has written. It is so subtle, so patiently analytical, and so true that it is difficult to envisage anyone writing again about Plath and Hughes. She is the cat who has licked the plate clean. It has an almost disabling authority about it, a finality like a father's advice."--James Wood, The Guardian (London) "Not since Virginia Woolf has anyone thought so trenchantly about the strange art of biography."--Christopher Benfey, Newsday "There is more intellectual excitement in one of Malcolm's riffs than in many a thick academic tome . . . She is among the most intellectually provocative of authors . . . able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight."--David Lehman, Boston Globe "It is the best-written and most stirring polemic of the year. Completely brilliant."--David Hare, The Times (London)
Janet Malcolm lives in New York City. Reading Chekhov, The Journalist and the Murderer, In the Freud Archives and Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession are all published by Granta Books.