Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

“I hope to free Plath, from the cultural baggage of the past 50 years,” Heather Clark writes in her new biography, “and reposition her as one of the most important American writers of the 20th century.” Heather Clark’s  937 page doorstopping biography of Sylvia Plath is a joy from beginning to end.   Well, no.  […]

When Books Save your Life

You certainly did not have to be a poet or an intellectual to be suppressed, threatened or murdered by fascism or communism – but it helped.    Dressed for a Dance in the Snow by Monika Zgustova is the somewhat euphemistic title describing the lives of nine female survivors of the gulag;   stories of those who […]