Giving Up: The Last Days of Sylvia Plath

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St. Martin's Press, May 12, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 73 pages
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Giving Up is Jillian Becker’s intimate account of her brief but extraordinary time with Sylvia Plath during the winter of 1963, the last months of the poet’s life. Abandoned by Ted Hughes, Sylvia found companionship and care in the home of Becker and her husband, who helped care for the estranged couple’s two small children while Sylvia tried to rest. In clear-eyed recollections unclouded by the intervening decades, Becker describes the events of Sylvia’s final days and suicide: her physical and emotional state, her grief over Hughes’s infidelity, her mysterious meeting with an unknown companion the night before her suicide, and the harsh aftermath of her funeral. Alongside this tragic conclusion is a beautifully rendered portrait of a friendship between two very different women.

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User Review  - Christine Travers - Goodreads

Very quick read. Sad of course. I didn't know much about Sylvia Plath, so this book offered a little insight into her life, work and death. Suicide always leaves behind so many unanswered questions and this is no exception. Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

It was interesting to read about Sylvia Plath's final days. Jillian Becker and her husband were friends with Sylvia and her husband Ted Hughes. Sylvia's neediness wore on even her closest friends. She ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Jillian Becker is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including The PLO and Hitler’s Children. She lives in England.

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