"my father had been married before so he needed a divorce"
Reno, Nevada
Creative Commons AttributionReno, Nevada - Credit: Renjishino, Wikimedia Commons

The history of Esther Greenwood's parents' marriage is identical to that of Otto and Aurelia Plath.

The couple met in 1929 when Aurelia took a course in Middle High German taught by Dr. Otto Plath, a biologist, entomologist and expert on the bumble bee.

Their marriage took place in January 1932 in Carson City, Nevada, when Aurelia was aged 25 and her husband was 46. They had travelled initially to Reno, Nevada (where divorce laws were liberal) as Otto Plath needed to obtain a divorce from his first wife whom he had not seen for fifteen years.