Sylvia Plath (Oct 27, 1932–Feb 11, 1963), American poet, novelist, short story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. She married poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they had two children, Frieda and Nicholas.