Linda Gray Sexton


By Linda Gray Sexton / September 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

“Bespotted is a brave and wonderful book. The first chapter about the origin of the famous poem by Anne Sexton, “Live,” is precious both for the history it recounts with an authenticity nobody else could claim, as well as for its insight into one of the great poems of the language (hint: it is a poem made…

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By Linda Gray Sexton / September 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

WEEOOWW! Another book on the shelves! Can’t quite believe it. Number nine is lighter and more fun and filled with laughter and joy than the others, as remembering takes me back to a wonderful time of my life, and then right up to the present, surrounded by these magical beings who live with and love…

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“When A Friend Crosses Over”

By Linda Gray Sexton / June 2, 2010 / 0 Comments

Dalmatian Club of America Spotter, Summer Issue 2010 I had promised Gulliver that when his time came I would not let him be in pain and that I would be there to hold him in my arms and rock him out. A week ago, I kept those promises. I had bred Gulliver’s litter, and he slid out…

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A Tortured Inheritance

By Linda Gray Sexton / April 2, 2010 / 0 Comments

New York Times, 4.2.2010 I have been crying for Nicholas Hughes. I never met Nicholas, yet I believe I know a great deal about him. He was the second child of the poet Sylvia Plath, who gassed herself in her oven when he was toddler. I am the elder daughter of the poet Anne Sexton,…

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Pick a Dick

By Linda Gray Sexton / January 2, 1997 / 0 Comments

Random House/Villard, 1997 Nineteen fifty-nine: I’m six years old, sitting cross-legged on the rough brown rug in front of the black-and-white television set in my parents’ bedroom, entertaining myself with Queen for a Day, a game show, where powdered and permed housewives in flowered print dresses compete to be crowned. Each contestant pitches a lugubrious tale to…

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Introduction to Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

By Linda Gray Sexton / March 2, 1994 / 0 Comments

Counterpoint Press, 2011; originally published by Little, Brown, 1994 INTRODUCTION Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton began as a letter to my mother, a personal message of mourning and celebration that meditated on our complicated life together. She had died in 1975, during my twenty-first year, by committing suicide. I…

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By Linda Gray Sexton / August 18, 1991 / 0 Comments

New York Times Book Review, 8.18.91In August of 1974, at a candlelit dinner in a restaurant in Cambridge, Mass., shortly after my 21st birthday — on which my mother, Anne Sexton, had appointed me as her literary executor — I once again brought up my reluctance to take on the task. This “birthday gift” seemed…

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“Foreword” to Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters

By Linda Gray Sexton / August 2, 1991 / 0 Comments

Houghton Mifflin, 1991 In 1987, I received with sadness the news that Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters was to go out of print. My regret stemmed not only from the fact that I had worked hard on Self-Portrait, my first book, during the tumultuous time immediately following my mother’s death, but also from my belief that the book…

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