This edition of Ariel by Sylvia Plath, introduced by Frieda Hughes, is a Faber Modern Classics edition of the volume upon which rests Plath's reputation as one of the most original, daring and gifted poets of the twentieth century.
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963); Ariel was published posthumously in 1965. Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.