Poet Sylvia Plath also wrote one memorable and award-winning novel, short stories, essays, and journals that continue to intrigue readers, even decades after her suicide in 1963. Madness and death dominate her remarkable writing, poetry and prose, with the images becoming increasingly macabre in her late poetry. Haunting, lyrical, and emotionally-charged descriptions characterize her writing. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1982 for Collected Poems. The powerful feminist themes in her writing have influenced women writers in the 1960s and beyond. Start with: The Bell Jar (novel) and Ariel (poetry).