While not including readings of her more well known works - no 'Daddy' or 'Lady Lazarus' for example - this collection of BBC recordings does provide an opportunity to hear the poet's voice not just in literal terms but in the sense of gaining an insight into the person behind the words and, perhaps more usefully, to place her works into the context of the time. It is when we hear Plath being introduced as "Mrs. Ted Hughes" that the reality of someone struggling against the confines of being perceived as a 'woman writer' that we get some idea of where her anger and frustration came from. This recording doesn't provide a great insight into Plath's personal demons or what drove her to her creative peak, but it would be useful for anyone wishing to get a better understanding of Plath's works within their social context.
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