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Plath a draw for IU library 50 years after death

“Two years before poet Sylvia Plath died, the director of Indiana University’s Lilly Library purchased some of her papers for $352.66, equivalent to about $2,700 today. Those 94 items, and the several others that the IU archive later acquired, comprise one of the library’s most popular collections. Even 50 years after the author’s suicide — she died on Feb. 11, 1963 — Plath remains a pivotal figure, a feminist icon to many. Her novel “The Bell Jar” and her poetry appear on college syllabi nationwide. And for many, the emotions and angst expressed within still capture the experience in which one’s gender too often limits one’s options.”

via AP

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