Machine generated contents note: The First Week: Euphoria -- Sylvia, Before -- The Second Week: Lost Illusions -- The Third Week: Alienation -- The Fourth Week: La Femme -- The Issue -- The Aftermath.
In May of 1953, a twenty-one-year-old Plath arrived in New York City, the guest editor of Mademoiselle's annual College Issue. She lived at the Barbizon Hotel, attended the ballet, went to a Yankees game, and danced at the West Side Tennis Club. She was supposed to be having the time of her life. But what would follow was, in Plath's words, twenty-six days of pain, parties, and work which, ultimately, changed the course of her life.