Notes On Attention Paid

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03 The Bell Jar, Foreword, Sylvia Plath

… in the forward, i read…

Plath’s suicide on February 11, 1963 brought her instant fame in England, where she had made occasional appearances on the BBC and was beginning to be known through her publications.1

… how is it the world pays particular attention the moment an artist dies, especially if they were promising and commit suicide?… how does that work?… we become frantic to gather everything the artist ever did, to preserve it, because there will be no more?…

  1. McCullough, Frances. Foreword to The Bell Jar (Modern Classics) (p. 1). Harper. Kindle Edition. [return]