Fame at last

Elaine Showalter

  • Anne Sexton: A Biography by Diane Wood Middlebrook
    Virago, 488 pp, £20.00, November 1991, ISBN 1 85381 406 7

I met Anne Sexton six months before her suicide, in April 1974. My colleague Carol Smith and I were doing a series of interviews with women writers, and we had heard how Sexton and her friend Maxine Kumin had worked together for years, talking about their poems in long telephone sessions when neither of then could get out of the house. We wanted to ask them about their relationship as housewives, friends and poets, and so it was arranged that they should come to give a joint poetry reading at Douglass College, where we taught, and that we should meet with them in the afternoon before the reading.

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