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Sylvia Plath was born on October 27 1932 in Boston Massachusetts Her parents were Otto and Aurelia Plath Plaths father Otto immigrated to America from Germany when he was just sixteen years old He wanted to study ministry at the Northwestern College which was a small Lutheran school According to his wife Aurelia Otto changed his ambitions because he didnt feel a true calling for the ministry He received a master of the arts from Washington University and the doctor of science from Harvard After that in 1928 he became a biology professor at Boston University Sylvias mother Aurelia taught German and English at Brookline High School until January of 1932 when she married Otto She quit teaching because Otto wanted her to be a homemaker Otto and Aurelia settled in Winthrop a town near Boston where Sylvia spent most of her early childhood Aurelias immigrant parents from Australia also lived in this town Aurelia was heavily involved in her husbands career they planned cooperative scholarly projects before their marriage and after that she prepared and updated notes for lectures reviewed literature and helped research write and edit her husbands monographs Ottos work was the center of the house which was organized and scheduled including Sylvia and her brother Warren around his needs for privacy and work space Sylvia and her brother didnt have active social lives They mostly associated with their parents maternal grandparents each other and a few nice neighbors Plath established a strong relationship with her father Otto was proud of his daughters early accomplishments and Sylvia appeared to idolize him However in 1940 he became very ill due to a neglected case of diabetes and he died in November from complications due to the disease This was a major turning point and traumatic event in Plaths life which she associated with her early childhood Plath described her fathers death in Lady Lazarus as
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