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From the Archives: Diane Wood Middlebrook's Controversial Biography of Anne Sexton.

Biographer Diane Wood Middlebrook. She wrote a controversial book about the troubled writer Anne Sexton. The controversy surrounded Middlebrook's source material: she had access to transcripts of Sexton's psychiatric sessions with the approval of Sexton's daughter and psychiatrist. Sexton killed herself in 1974. Sexton began writing poetry in 1956 following a suicidal breakdown and after her therapist suggested she try writing poetry. Anne Sexton: A Biography, was published by Houghton Mifflin and is now a paperback. [Originally aired 8/30/91].


Other segments from the episode on February 2, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 2, 1996: Interview with Diane Wood Middlebrook; Interview with Linda Gray Sexton; Interview with Maggie Estep; Review of the television mini-series "Gulliver's…


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