Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Otto Plath and Aurelia Frances Schober.
Plath graduated from Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, but not before having her first poem published (in the Boston Sunday Herald) and losing her father after an extended illness.
She received a scholarship from Smith College in 1950, and is now known as the College's most famous poet - she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude in 1955. Plath received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Cambridge, England, and while there, met the poet Ted Hughes.
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes were married 16 June 1956 in London, four months after they met. The couple had two children - Frieda born in 1960 and Nicholas two years later.
She published her first book of poetry, The Colossus, in 1960. Her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, was published in England in 1963; in the United States in 1971.
Plath committed suicide on February 11, 1963 in London, England, United Kingdom. She was thirty years old. 
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