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consider okay now 60 years later is not the same as it fact that what we consider okay now 60 years later is not the same as it in the 50 s Go figure If there had been a dedicated chapter to xploring how things have changed and how to ngage with these difficult writers within a modern context that would have been great However that s not what s there and as a reader it grated on my nerves to read comment after comment about how these poets aren t living up to a 21st century standard instead of just focusing on how they laid the groundwork for a lot of modern conversations to happen the groundwork for a lot of modern conversations to happen a reader this tactic came off as the author critiuing the poets for not doing better within the context of their own time which is not in my opinion as worthwhile as an ndeavor as xploring how to take work out of its historic context and xamine it with a modern ye for the things that are valuable while leaving behind the things that no longer serve a modern reader Other than that I did like the way that the book s chapters were organized from Rebels and Early Days to chapters on Sex Marriage Mothering Mental Illness and Suicide This approach allows the reader to see The Deepest Sin each poet sxperience of ach of these concepts compare their xperiences and contextualize the work they were creating with respect to ach concept That part was njoyable and interesting to read specially if you have read a lot of biographical works on ither author it s unusual to see them compared directly alongside ach other and that was for me the best part of the book I d recommend it to academics particularly if they re teaching a course on ither Plath or Sexton because it is a solid work that adds much to the conversation about both poets Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz by Gail Crowther is a well researched voyeuristic dual biography of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton The title refers to the brief period where their lives intersected at Boston University and they became friends often drinking martinis at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston The author does not hold anything back giving this biography a voyeuristic feel while painting Sexton and Plath as real complex women Individually they were so different from ach other from personality background and ven the implementation of boundaries in their lives but intersected with writing and bonded over mental illness writing and their gender This book is very well researched and includes a lot of information but the style is uite readable so I uickly finished this one The biography is organized by topic like Writing Marriage Mental Illness tc I loved this fascinating dual biography Thank you Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing this ARC In Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz Crowther offers dual and sometimes dueling biographies of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton She attempts to share full portraits of ach woman by focusing on different aspects of their lives including their work their relationships and the roles they played in society Rather than Le valeureux guerrier exploring their stories chronologically Crowther divides the book into chapters focused on different subjects such as theirarly days sex writing and the struggle to balance the role of a housewife with the freedom of a modern poet This book feels well researched and Crowther does a fantastic job of showing all sides of both women Although I knew little about these two writers before this book I am now interested in spending time with their works Crowther paints a portrait of two complicated and creative women who I want to know about from their own words Initially I was slightly disappointed The title created an Snowflakes on the Sea expectation for me that this book would focus on stories of the two writers together but that isn t the case At times I felt that her freuent mentions of the three martini afternoons without presenting much othernduring Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy evidence of friendship makes it seem that she wishes there was of a connection there than there was She romanticizes those afternoons without the proof needed to support her connecting arguments However if younter this book with the understanding that this is of a compare and contrast situation you ll be richly rewarded Crowther clearly completed the necessary work to showcase the fullness of both of their lives Fans of Sylvia Plath andor Anne Sexton this is definitely for you Read through a couple of their poems make a martini or 3 and settle in This non fiction book is a must read for those interested in the intersection of feminism and literature A combination of biography and social commentary Three Martini Afternoons covers the lives of two renowned poets Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton in a serious of straightforward chapters taking the reader on a parallel journey through their lives While the book had a bit of an academic feel to it I also found it very accessible ven to people who know nothing about ither of these authors Since both women struggled with mental illness there are definitely some sad moments as they were both so talented and yet so troubled Very well researched respectful and fascinating reporting. Cuss verything from sex to suicide theirs was a relationship as complex and subversive as their poetry Based on in depth research and unprecedented archival access Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz is a remarkable and unforgettable look at two legendary poets and how their work has turned them into lasting and beloved cultural figures.
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Summary · PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ´ Gail CrowtherHL Mencken once memorably described the as the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet Perhaps Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton also lived by this motto when they spent their afternoons drinking the classic cocktail at the Ritz Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz by Gail Crowther on the surface is the story of two of the greatest poets of the 20th centurySylvia Plath and Anne Sexton gave the world poems that will live for ternity Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, eventhough both women died tragically at such young agesThe bookxamines a time in their lives when they met at a workshop in Boston and Plath and Sexton started their weekly martini afternoons The first several chapters
spend time xamining their friendship and intertwined relationship that was at time xamining their friendship and intertwined relationship that was at friendly but there were undertones of jealously and insecurityCrowther xamines both poets lives in depth with a thorough brutally raw and shocking look at the ffects that mental illness played in their lives as well as the lives of their familiesIt was at times hard to read and uncomfortable as Crowther dissects both poets lives leaving no uestion that both women suffered It was uncomfortable to read about the suffering the two women ndured Eually as disturbing was the disclosure of the violence and abuse that the spouses and children nduredCrowther s book is such an intense look at two women who were perhaps born too soon They lived when women weren t given the freedom to live their lives in the way they wanted They were feminists before their time and instead had to live their dream in between cooking cleaning raising children and being the perfect housewifeLike Plath and Sexton s great works Gail Crowther s book will stand the test of time and be talked about for years to comeI received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley NetGalley ThreeMartiniAfternoonsattheRitz I don t know what I was Desire in Seven Voices expecting from this book but what I got was an absolutely brilliantly written account of two strong women who were ahead of their times with their way of thinking and out spoken non conformity Both Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton were brilliant poetesses trying to make a name for themselves in what had always been a male dominated world Their lives would intersect only briefly but those brief interactions would bond them together if not in the best of friends sense but in a rivalry and a mutual respect forach other s talent The title to this book is somewhat misleading because the true in person interaction between Plath and Sexton was a very brief period of time where they both attended a workshop at Boston University and they would hang out together after class along with fellow classmate George Starbuck The title leads you to think the book is about them meeting at the Ritz throughout and having many martini lunches This is not the case The small portion of time they spent together is clipsed by far larger periods where they were an ocean apart and corresponded intermittently at best This book is in the way of comparing and contrasting the two than of their intersecting lives This book talks about both of their deaths and how their suicides should not be the defining moment of their careers If not though then why are their deaths by suicide mentioned throughout the book Sometimes freuently within the same chapter I feel it was a defining moment for both poetess albeit a sad grim one and not the only defining moment for ither woman This book is The Casa Mono Cookbook extremely well researched though I do find a fair amount of speculation in it from the author This only detracts slightly from the overall story of two of the world s most famous and talented contemporary literary figures of out time Plath and Sexton are forerunners in the pre feminist movement They helped pave the way for women of today at a time when women werexpected to stay home keep house raise children and take care of the working husbands not have careers of their own If you want to read a tragic tale of two very talented gifted women gone tragically way too soon then this is a book for you I highly recommend it Thank you to the publishers at Gallery books and to NetGalley for the free ARC copy of the book I am leaving my honest review in return Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton were poets at a time when poetry by women or really any women s work was not taken seriously They both suffered from mental illness and the pressure of being the perfect housewife and mother on top of trying to fulfill their creative line of work made it much worse This book reconstructs their brief friendship and the parallels between their lives This really consisted of biographies of both writers side by side so if you have already read heftier biographies of these women this probably won t be anything new If like me you only have the vaguest outline of their lives then this is a good place to start Since this book is about two individuals who struggled with their mental health and ultimately took their own lives it might be a good idea to be aware of triggers I received digital ARC of this book through NetGalley in xchange for an honest. A vividly rendered and mpathetic xploration of how two of the greatest poets of the 20th century Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton became bitter rivals and ventually friends Introduced at a workshop in Boston University led by the acclaimed and famous poet Robert Lowell Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton formed a friendship that would soon volve. .
Review Gail Crowther has put together a fascinating book that Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) examines Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton as poets women and colleagues during a time when powerful womenven in the literary field were overlooked and undervalued I m a self described amateur armchair Plath historian I m saying that with tongue in cheek humor than legit seriousness and while I m familiar with Anne Sexton I really didn t know much about her before reading this but I m now curious to look into her life and her writing That being said I didn t learn anything about Plath that I didn t already know Admittedly I read this immediately after finishing Heather Clark s Red Comet which I think is THE uintessential Plath biography so it probably isn t fair to look at the
Two With The Same Lens Especially Since with the same lens specially since re very different booksCrowther honestly compare I loved this but it s important to know what you re getting The actual interactions between Plath and Sexton are pretty limited and there was some speculation not my favorite in nonfiction But the author does impressive work of showing how these women defied or sometimes struggled with the standards and xpectations of their day while making art from their pain art that has been so meaningful to so many people But it s of a compare and contrast situation than about their personal relationshipIt s written so well I m not a big biography reader but I love ones like this that highlight the importance of specific vents and are filled with lots of fascinating random facts and stories I also appreciated that she looked at things from multiple angles because there s a lot of nuance in their behavior and choices I think for some reason I thought it would be gossipy but it s just very well done Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz from Gail Crowther is a deeply researched and accessibly written dual biography of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton The uotation marks I used is because I thought of this as almost a mediated conversation between these poets and Crowther The great part is that the conversation is not simply between the people but between their works as wellBecause I viewed this in the way I did I think I found Crowther s personal comments and what ifs less bothersome they were simply part of the conversation I would also guess that with the research she did she felt like she was offering ideas and too late suggestions to themI have liked both Plath s and Sexton s poetry since the mid 70s or so when I was introduced to it I have been particularly impressed with how ach subseuent reading offers new insight to not just them but myself Most works reward rereading
"but most of "most of work speaks to readers differently at different times in a reader s life What appealed to me at 20 isn t what stood out at 40 and neither is what really struck me at 60 I was different the world was different and the works were the same but presented as differentMaybe because of my WGS background but I really appreciated Crowther placing the difficulties read prejudices misogyny tc these women faced front and center in the story The resistance and denigration they faced ven from so called loved ones and supposedly compassionate poets played as large a role in their frames of mind as did any chemical or psychological issues I guess you can tell I am not Conflict in Blood even close to being a Hughes fan In fact I would have to bleep out most of my opinions if I were speaking publicly that is how little I care for or respect who he wasI would recommend this to readers of Plath and Sexton as well as those interested in literary historyspecially where it intersects with sociological thought Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley I was provided a free copy of this book in xchange for a fair and honest review I deducted a full star from this book because there is a passage in Chapter Five in reference to Assia Wevill where the author describes a disappointing lack of female solidarity and then proceeds to slut shame Assia Wevill making absolutely NO MENTION of the fact that she like Plath as well as Ted Hughes child from their affair ALSO died by suicide Maybejust maybeit was him who was the problem Just a thought Talk about a lack of female solidarity Perhaps instead of blaming Assia who was no angel but was in fact a human being who suffered terribly and was completely rased by Hughes the author should have added Yehuda Koran s Lover of Unreason bio of Assia Wevill to their reading list So one full star docked for calling out lack of female solidarity while slut shaming Very uncool The other star I docked because rather than dedicate a full chapter to The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant examining both poets and their lives from the perspective of a 21st century 3 wave feminist and the myriad of social justice conversations happening now the author kind of shoehorns those ideas into the narrative which yes those conversations ARE important to the discussion of both poets but they re not the book I signed on to read and because these points seem to come and go without any real predictability they make for an unsatisfying read becaus. Into a fierce rivalry colored by jealousy and respect inual terms In the years that followed these two women would not only become iconic figures in literature but also lead curiously parallel lives haunted by mental illness suicide attempts self doubt and difficult personal relationships With weekly martini meetings at the Ritz to dis. ,
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Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, eE none of the ideas arexplored further