In 1950s America, women were not supposed to be ambitious. In fact, women were respected for not pursuing their own careers and instead focusing their attentions on the home and family. Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton were born into this cultural moment and reached their formative years when this ideology of the dutiful woman was at its height. But if in 1950s America women of a certain class were supposed to sacrifice their own careers for those of their husbands, Plath and Sexton were having none of it. Join us to learn about the lives and art of these two legendary poets.
Heather Clark’s book is Red Comet: The Short and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath and Maggie Doherty’s book is The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the1960’s.