I’ve been lucky enough to cover some wonderful books for Shiny New Books recently, and today I want to share my review of an absolutely stunning work which focuses on those two great American poets of the 20th century – Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.

The book is called “Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz” and is written by Gail Crowther. Gail is an author with a history of producing fascinating books relating to Plath, and I’ve in fact previously reviewed one she co-authored for Shiny. However, with her latest work she explores the lives and works of both Plath and Sexton set against the background of their upbringing, the world in which they lived, the restrictions they fought against, the carving out of their poetry, the problems of health and marriage, and the treatment of their work and legacy after their deaths.

“Three Martini…” is a powerful book which seeks to reclaim the poets’ lives from the cliche of their deaths; Crowther never negates the method of their demise, but explores how truly inspirational and transgressive they were. Is the world ready yet for Plath and Sexton? Probably not – and if you read this book you might start to understand why! Needless to say, I loved, and highly recommend, this wonderful book and you can read my full review here.