(November 9, 1928-October 4, 1974)
Birth name was Anne Gray Harvey
Wrote 'Live or Die (1966),' winner of a 1967 Pulitzer prize
Also wrote 'To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960),' 'All My Pretty Ones (1962),' 'Love Poems (1969),' 'Transformations (1971),' 'The Book of Folly (1972),' 'The Death Notebooks (1974),' 'The Awful Rowing Towards God (1975),' '45 Mercy Street (1976)' and 'Words for Dr. Y. (1978)'
Committed suicide at age 45
Subject of the Diane Middlebrook book 'Anne Sexton: A Biography (1992)'
Why she might be annoying
She quit college and eloped at age 19.
She was an alcoholic.
She was abusive to her two kids.
She had extramarital affairs.
She revised one of her poems 300 times.
She went through a slew of nervous breakdowns and psychiatric hospitalizations.
She attempted suicide several times until she finally succeeded.
Her middle name, 'Gray,' described her mood most of her adult life.
Why she might not be annoying
She was a victim of incest.
After her first suicide attempt a shrink suggested she write poetry about her feelings.
She was an important 'confessional poet' (one who writes from personal experience).
She attended writing workshops with Sylvia Plath.
She wrote about topics not normally discussed in the '50s & '60s, such as abortion, adultery, masturbation and menstruation.
After a suicide attempt she asked a priest to give her the last rites who refused her, stating, 'God is in your typewriter.'
She used the experience to write 'Awful Rowing Towards God.'
Ironically, it was published posthumously (a year after her death).
Peter Gabriel wrote a song about her, 'Mercy Street,' on his 'So' album (1986).
Credit: Scar Tactics
Share this link with a friend:
Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 146 Votes: 67.81% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 61.90% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 56 Votes: 66.07% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 42 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 58 Votes: 63.79% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 80 Votes: 63.75% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 116 Votes: 66.38% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 786 Votes: 41.98% Annoying
Featured in the following Annoying Collections: