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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath
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Rollie McKenna, 15 Nov 1918 - 14 Jun 2003
Sylvia Plath, 27 Oct 1932 - 11 Feb 1963
1959 (printed later)
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 18.4 x 14cm (7 1/4 x 5 1/2")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Sylvia Plath: Female
Sylvia Plath: Literature\Writer\Poet
Sylvia Plath: Education\Educator\Professor\College
Sylvia Plath: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Sylvia Plath: Pulitzer Prize
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Rollie McKenna
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© Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation, courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation
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Professional photographer Rollie McKenna captured many famous British and American poets, including Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath. Many of McKenna’s portraits have become the defining images of her subjects, particularly in the case of Thomas and Plath. This vintage print of Plath was taken in 1959 at her 9 Willow Street apartment in Boston. At this stage in her life, Plath was auditing Robert Lowell’s poetry seminar at Boston University with Anne Sexton.
La fotógrafa profesional Rollie McKenna retrató a muchos poetas británicos y estadounidenses, entre ellos Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton y Plath. Muchas de sus fotos han llegado a ser imágenes definidoras de sus sujetos, sobre todo en el caso de Thomas and Plath. Esta fotografía de Plath fue tomada en 1959 en su apartamento de la calle Willow número 9, en Boston. En esa época, Plath asistía como oyente al seminario de poesía de Robert Lowell en la Universidad de Boston con Anne Sexton.
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National Portrait Gallery