* To Bedlam and Part Way Back is Anne Sexton's first book of poetry.
* It announces her presence to the literary world and establishes her intimate, confessional style.
* The preface, a quote from a letter of Schopenhauer to Goethe about the Greek tragic hero Oedipus and his search for the truth, suggests that the reader is about to be given a glance at the author's unflinching examination of self.
* Given the book's highly autobiographical nature and the author's history of mental illness, the subject of the book is very obviously Anne Sexton's first breakdown and subsequent stay in a private psychiatric hospital.
* Though clearly written after her hospitalization, Sexton's poems, particularly in Part I, place the reader in the eye of the mental storm.
* Part I deals with the Sexton's loss of touch with reality and the trauma of her hospitalization.
* "You, Doctor...
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