Within twelve years of writing her first sonnet Anne Sexton was one of the most honored poets in America: a Pulitzer Prize winner a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the first female member of the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He diagnosed her with what is now described as bipolar disorder but his competence to do so is called into question by his early use of allegedly unsound psychotherapeutic techniques.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her suicidal tendencies long battle against depression and various intimate details from her private life including her relationships with her husband and children. Anne Sexton (November 9 1928 Newton Massachusetts – October 4 1974 Weston Massachusetts) was an American poet known for her highly personal confessional verse.