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Page 4. " I hadn't been out of New England except for this trip to New York "
Town Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Public DomainTown Hall, Wellesley, Massachusetts - Credit: Joshdboz

The narrator's lack of experience outside her native New England matches that of Sylvia Plath at the time of her stay in New York in 1953.


Winthrop Beach, Massachusetts
Creative Commons AttributionWinthrop Beach, Massachusetts - Credit: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons










Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and brought up in Winthrop and Wellesley, two small towns in the same state.