Sylvia Plath | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Carol Muske

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Sylvia Plath.
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Critical Review by Carol Muske

SOURCE: "Oppressed by Narrative," in The New York Times Book Review, November 6, 1994, p. 18.

[Muske is an American educator, poet, novelist, and critic. In the following review of Linda Wagner-Martin's book Telling Women's Lives (1994), she rejects the author's thesis that women's lives, because of their non-linear nature, do not lend themselves to traditional biography.]

With Telling Women's Lives, Linda Wagner-Martin erects a shaky platform from which to leap headlong into the swirling waters of controversy engulfing the genre of biography. Here's a sample quotation from her introduction:

"The lives of real people have always been more interesting than stories about fictional characters; we may temporarily believe in the exploits of imaginary human beings, but biography wears better."

That will come as news to...

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