Moments can define us. I read this biography right after having read The Bell Jar. Since The Bell Jar is semi-autobiographical, I am led to believe that Plath was a young woman of the 1950s, with hopes, dreams and ambition but who succumbed to a depression and became mired in it. It was interesting to get a more detailed account, the so-called inside scoop. The similarities between fiction and reality as so startingly obvious that it's impossible to miss them. This really raised my appreciation of The Bell Jar immensely, contextualizing it and making the story, its characters, its milieu, so much more real and believable. But it also made The Bell Jar all the more tragic.
Read my full review on my blog, Guiltless Reading: http://guiltlessreading.blogspot.ca/2013/05/pain-parties-work-sylvia-path-in-new.html