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Pain, Parties, Work


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Elizabeth Winder is the author of a poetry collection. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Antioch Review, American Letters, and other publications. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and earned an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.


"[An] accessible, eye-opening new biography."--O Magazine
"A lovingly detailed inventory, as Technicolor-vivid as a Douglas Sirk film, of the fashions and foods that filled Plath's summer. Winder convincingly shows that Plath should be recognized as much for her enjoyment of life and her enduring works as for her tragic death."--Publishers Weekly
"A pixilated gem of a book. . . . In prose as delightful and lively as the champagne Sylvia liked to sip at the St. Regis ball, Winder has made Pain, Parties, Work a prose poem of the senses, and a true account of The Bell Jar."--Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, New York Times bestselling authors of Furious Love
"An illuminating biography . . . which floods clarifying light on a chapter of the poet's early life that Plath painted in jaundiced tones in The Bell Jar."--New York Times, Sunday Styles Feature
"The book offers a new perspective on Plath's life courtesy of Winder's exhaustive research."--Women's Wear Daily
"The world of '50s NYC, in all its glamour, is irresistible reading."--Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
"Will recalibrate your mind and heart. . . . We knew about Plath's ambition - and angst - but her penchant for flaming-red lipstick and princess heels was a bit of a surprise"--More magazine
"Winder describes the aesthetics of the era beautifully. . . . Reading this book sparks feelings of impossible nostalgia for someone who didn't live through the fifties; in this way, it is an experience akin to watching Mad Men."--Bookslut
"Winder has painstakingly sketched a fully fleshed out portrait of Plath's life during that hot, seminal summer, offering a glimpse into the raison d'etre behind Plath's revered 1963 roman a clef, The Bell Jar. . . . Winder goes into the dizzying, delightful detail."--USA Today
"Winder poignantly captures a snapshot of a time that directly inspired one of Plath's most famous works. She also captures Plath as bright, vivacious . . . For fans, particularly devotees of The Bell Jar."--Library Journal
"Winder resuscitates a young woman who, while sick, is electrically alive to her first real adventure. . . . Captivating . . . [Winder] makes a compelling argument that in New York...Plath moved closer to finding the voice that would define her writing."--Slate

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