07 June 2007

Sylvia Plath Collections: Washington University, St. Louis

The John M. Olin Library at the University of Washington in St. Louis, Missouri, has a couple different Plath collections. They have a Hughes Collections as well as the papers of Lee Anderson. Lee Anderson met Plath and Hughes around 1958, and recorded both poets reading their poems during their time in Northampton and Boston.

The Lee Anderson Papers (finding aid here) contains the following:

Plath's autograph in an autograph book and this quote, "Yet, shrined on her shelf, the grisly visage endured", from her poem "The Lady and the Earthenware Head" dated 15 April, 1958, and two letters, dated 27 April, 1958 and 18 February, 1959. The Lee Anderson Papers also includes a number of typescripts of Plath's poems. These are:

  • November graveyard [poem]. Ts, with corrections, 1p., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • Spinster [poem]. Ts [carbon], 1p., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • On the plethora of dryads [poem]. Ts, 2pp., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • On the difficulty of conjuring up a dryad [poem]. Ts, 2pp., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • Battle-scene from the comic operatic fantasy "The Seafarer "[poem]. Ts, 1p., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • Sow [poem]. Ts, 2pp., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • All the dead dears [poem]. Ts, 1p., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • The earthenware head [poem]. Ts [carbon], 1p., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • On the decline of oracles [poem]. Ts [carbon], 2pp., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • Departure of the ghost [poem]. Ts [carbon], 1p., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • The disquieting muse [poem]. Ts [carbon], 2pp., [1958]. (27 April 1958).

  • Poem for Paul Klee's [poem]. Ts [carbon], 1pp., [1958]. (27 April 1958).
The Hughes Collections (finding aid online here) contains five letters from Plath and Ted Hughes to Olwyn Hughes and Graham Ackroyd, an artist. Other Hughes/Ackroyd correspodence is held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Below is a description of the letters from the finding aid.
  • Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes n.d.: June 30 (Monday). 1 item (1p.): ALS
    Autograph letter signed, from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, describing their recent activities at Smith, and discussing their hopes and plans for writing in the next few years.

  • Ted Hughes to Graham Ackroyd n.d. 1 item (1 p.): ALS
    Autograph letter signed, from Ted Hughes to Graham Ackroyd, inviting him to visit them in London when he is there.

  • Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes n.d. 1 item (1 p.): ALS
    Autograph letter signed, from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, describing their moving-in activities; ms. note from Ted Hughes appended to letter from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes.

  • Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes to Olwyn Hughes n.d. 1 item (1 p.): ACS
    Autograph card signed, from Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes to Olwyn Hughes, describing winter in Boston.

  • Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes n.d. 1 item (1 p.): ALS
    Autograph letter signed, from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, discussing her current work and commenting on their life in America.

The special collections library web site is here.

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Publications & Acknowledgements

  • BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
  • Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
  • Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
  • Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
  • Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
  • Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. (Acknowledged in)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath. London: Faber, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
  • Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.

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