Research Paper On Anne Sexton

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Anne sexton (November 9, 1928- October 4, 1974) was an American poet who found love in poetry and was known for her highly personal confessional verse. She was born as Anne Gray Harvey to her mother and father Mary Gray Staples and Ralph Churchill Harvey. Anne sexton wrote about her long battles against depression, mania, and her suicidal thoughts, she looked to help people fight personal problems and ease their pain. Sexton suffered from severe mental illness for much of her life, her first manic episode taking place in 1954. After a second episode in 1955 she met Dr. Martin Orne, who became her long-term therapist at the Glenside Hospital. It was Dr. Orne who encouraged her to take up poetry. Sextons poetic career was encouraged by a mentor…show more content…
The next year she published her first poetry book, “To Bedlam and Part Way Back”. This book encouraged her to write more and gave her national recognition. But she was failing badly on emotional side. After the sudden death of her parents, she was emotionally broke. Her married life was facing turbulence with discord and physical abuse by her husband. In 1962, Anne Sexton published her second poetry book, “All My Pretty Ones”. The book became immensely popular and following its success, she started working on four children's books with her longtime friend Maxine Cumin. In the time period between, August 22 to October 27, 1963, Sexton toured to Europe. The year 1964 saw a change in the medical history of Anne, her longtime psychiatrist moved to Philadelphia and she had to look for a new psychiatrist. The new psychiatrist placed her on drug, Thomasine, to control her depressions. Anne Sexton achieved an important distinction in 1965, when she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London. She received the esteemed Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for her highly appreciated book, “Live or Die”. She also received the Shelley Memorial Prize in the same
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