Sylvia Plath's bikini shot: it's time to stop sexualising a serious author to sell books | Cathleen Allyn Conway

The UK cover of a new collection of letters is only the latest to show the acclaimed poet as blond, beaming and in a skimpy outfit. But presenting female writers as mere sex symbols diminishes their literary achievementsOn the US cover of Sylvia Plath’s Collected Letters, a volume out this week that contains mostly unpublished letters by the poet between the ages of eight and 24, is a picture of her taken in December 1955. She’s walking outside somewhere in Cambridge, bundled up in a coat, and has a thoughtful smile. The UK edition went for a very different depiction of Plath, however: a full-colour photo of her on a beach in a bikini, blond and beaming – a visual antithesis to the ambitious, intellectual poet. Related: Sylvia Plath, a voice that can’t be silenced | Sarah Churchwell Related: Plath's letters probably won't harm Hughes's reputation | Rafia Zakaria Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2017-09-28 00:00:00 UTC ]
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These are the 50 best-selling books of all time (on Amazon).

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