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Heather Clark


Heather Clark

Heather Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Harvard University and her doctorate in English from Oxford University. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship, a Leon Levy Biography Fellowship at the City University of New York and a Visiting U.S. Fellowship at the Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library.

A former Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, she is the author of THE GRIEF OF INFLUENCE: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and THE ULSTER RENAISSANCE: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972. Her work has appeared in publications including Harvard Review and The Times Literary Supplement, and she recently served as the scholarly consultant for the BBC documentary Sylvia Plath: Life Inside the Bell Jar. 

She divides her time between Chappaqua, New York and Yorkshire, England, where she is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield.

Heather Clark

Books by Heather Clark

by Heather Clark - Biography, Nonfiction

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials --- including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police and psychiatric records; and new interviews --- Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, Massachusetts, who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s. Determined not to read Sylvia Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world.