Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Boston, she studied at the University of Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy, before taking her own life in 1963. Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her published collections The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, along with her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, published shortly before her death. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize (source: Wikipedia).