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Anne Gray Harvey was born into an upper-middle class family in Newton Massachusettson November 9 1928 She attended Rogers Preparatory School and a Boston finishingschool known as The Garland School In 1948 she eloped with Alfred Muller Sexton justa few months before her twentieth birthday Anne Sexton received a scholarship from theHart Agency in Boston and worked there as a model for a brief time Sexton later movedfrom Boston to Baltimore back to Boston and then to San Francisco In 1953 Sextonmoved back to Massachusetts where her first daughter Linda Gray Sexton was born The following year Sexton was hospitalized at Westwood Lodge for emotionaldisturbances Several months later Anna Nana Ladd Dingley Sextons belovedgreat-aunt died In 1955 Sextons second daughter Joyce Ladd Sexton was born Soonafterward Sexton was admitted to a mental hospital Eight months later Sexton attemptedsuicide The following month she began writing poetry at the insistence of her psychiatristSexton enrolled in John Holmes poetry workshop at the Boston Center for AdultEducation Based on the quality of her first work Sexton received a scholarship in 1958to Antioch Writers Conference and worked with W D Snodgrass That same year shewas accepted into Robert Lowells graduate writing seminar at Boston University It waswhile attending Boston University that she forged friendships with Sylvia Plath MaxineIn 1959 Sextons mother Mary Gray Staples Harvey died of cancer and herfather Ralph Churchill Harvey died of a cerebral hemorrhage In August of that yearSexton received the Robert Frost Fellowship to attend the Breadloaf Writers ConferenceShe later was hospitalized that year for pneumonia an appendectomy and an ovarectomyBy the end of 1959 she was back on her feet and delivered the Morris Gray PoetryIn 1960 Sexton published TO BEDLAM AND PART WAY BACK It was also in thisyear that she studied with Philip Rahv and Irving Howe at Brandeis University and forgeda friendship with James Write In 1961 Sexton and Maxine Kumin were appointed to bethe first scholars in poetry at the
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