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Fame at last

Elaine Showalter, 7 November 1991

Anne Sexton: A Biography 
by Diane WoodMiddlebrook.
Virago, 488 pp., £20, November 1991, 1 85381 406 7
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... divorce from Kayo Sexton, the businessman she had married at 19, had not been a leap into a Hollywood dream of glamorous lovers, but the hard slog a 45-year-old woman faces alone. She had even resorted to placing personal ads in the lonelyhearts columns of the local newspapers. Always a heavy drinker and drug-taker, she had lost control over her ...

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