If you love Plath's work, this book will astound you. If you groan at the mention of her name, as many people do, you will discover a writer you never new existed. Brain shares her thrill at handling original Plath documents and posessions and uses her extensive knowledge to show Plath's concerns were much wider than just death and man-hating, which seem to some to have been her claim to fame. Brain considers Plath's environmentalism, her transatlanticism and her literary influences. She also shows just how subjective biography is. There is a lot of original material here that shows how neglected Plath's work has been and how over-emphasised has been her life. This is a scholarly book that is also very readable. Brain's love of her subject shines from every page. This book should provoke a new interest in Plath's work and achievements which have yet to be appreciated. Buy it and be amazed. Tracy Brain rocks!