Aurelia Plath

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Aurelia Plath
Born Aurelia Frances Schober
26 April 1906
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S
Died 11 March 1994(1994-03-11) (aged 87)
Needham, Massachusetts, U.S
Spouse(s) Otto Emil-Plath
Children Sylvia Plath
Warren Plath
Parent(s) Frank Schober
Aurelia Grünwald
Relatives Frieda Hughes
Nicholas Hughes

Aurelia Frances Plath (née Schober; April 26, 1906 – March 11, 1994) was the wife of Otto Emil Plath, the mother of the American poet Sylvia Plath, and her brother Warren, and the grandmother of Frieda Rebecca Hughes and Nicholas Farrar Hughes.

Aurelia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Franz (Frank) Schober of Bad Aussee, Styria, and his wife Aurelia Grünwald (Greenwood). Sylvia Plath made reference to her grandmother by making "Esther Greenwood" the name of the heroine in her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar. The relationship between Aurelia and her daughter was a rather problematic and ambiguous one, for on the one hand they were exceptionally close to each other, and on the other hand Sylvia Plath often claimed that she hated her mother. Their relationship is portrayed in Plath's novel The Bell Jar, and in the poem Medusa.

In 1975, Aurelia Plath published her daughter's letters from 1950-1963 as Letters Home. Aurelia died, aged 87, of complications from Alzheimer's disease[1] in Needham, Massachusetts.