Sylvia Plath was born on October 27 and somehow she always enters my thoughts around this time of year.... Last year what would have been her 75th birthday was marked with an academic symposium at Oxford; on her birthday this year, I came across her natal astrological chart online, purporting to explain the trends of her life and her ultimate end in suicide by the positions of the planets at her birth. It turns out Plath is a common choice of online astrologers posting charts of famous people. I’m no expert, not even much of a believer in astrology—to learn more about it, visit Molly Hall’s About.com Astrology guidesite.
More on Sylvia Plath:
Our biographical profile of Plath, with links to buy her books
Thinking about Sylvia Plath as the Winter Darkness Comes On (November 2012)