For your consideration: the exquisite Sylvia Plath, aged 20, lounging on the beach, one decade before the publication of The Bell Jar and her tragic death. It’s the summer of 1954, about a year after her first suicide attempt. Hoping to begin again, Plath had dyed her hair and went through six months of intensive care. Referred to by academics as her “platinum summer,” this period in the life of the legendary poet is considered to be one comparatively less tarnished by depression. 



And images of her in this time (spotted via Buzzfeed) carry different valences than most; while we often recognize her in grey photographic tones, typing or perhaps holding a dead rose, hair barrettes neatly arranged, the platinum summer snap shots reveal the more playful side to the infamous “girlishness” that so often characterized her writing. A picture of 1950s Marilyn Monroe-esque glamour, she tumbles in the sand, makes a wish as she blows on the dried petals of a dandelion. Take a look. 



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