25 July 2007

Book Reivew: Sylvia Plath, Updated Edition (ed. Harold Bloom)

The eleven essays in Sylvia Plath, Updated Edition (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) are all reprints from monographs or journals. Each is an excellent contribution to Plath scholarship.

Bloom's continued hypocrisy is unforgivable, however. In fact, he re-prints his "Introduction" to his first edition, and in an author's note adds that his revulsion to Plath is ever-growing. I appreciate the fact that Bloom edited the series which featured my book about Plath, but he really should not put his name on a book if he cannot stomach the subject.

The advantage of a book like this is in the wide range of perspective each author gives and, I suppose, in the selection of the pieces by the series editor. Absent are strong essays by Tracy Brain and Lynda K. Bundzten, to name just two of the many Plath scholars I both respect and admire.

Below are the chapters and the work where they previously appeared.

1. "The Bell Jar" by Caroline King Barnard Hall
(Previously published in Hall's Sylvia Plath, revised. NY: Twayne, 1998.)

2. "Sylvia Plath and the Poetry of Confession" by Bruce Bawer
(Previously published in the journal The New Criterion 9, no. 6 (February, 1991): 18-27.)

3. "Daddy" by Jacqueline Rose
(Previously published in Rose's The Haunting of Sylvia Plath. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 1993.)

4. "The Poems of 1957" by Nancy D. Hargrove
(Previously published in Hargrove's excellent The Journey towards Ariel: Sylvia Plath’s Poetry of 1956-1959. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Press, 1994.)

5. "A Long Hiss of Distress: Plath's Elegy on the Beach at Berck" by Sandra M. Gilbert(Previously published in the journal Field: Contemporary poetry and poetics, 59, Fall 1998, 30-38.)

6. "Transitional Poetry" by Caroline King Barnard Hall
(Previously published in Hall's Sylvia Plath, revised. NY: Twayne, 1998.)

7. "Gothic Subjectivity" by Christina Britzolakis
(Previously published in Britzolakis' Sylvia Plath and the theatre of mourning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.)

8. "From the Bottom of the Pool: Sylvia Plath's Last Poems" by Tim Kendall
(Previously published in the journal English, vol.49, no.193, Spring 2000, pp23-38.)

9. "Prosopopoeia and Holocaust Poetry in English: Sylvia Plath and Her Contemporaries" by Susan Gubar
(Previously published in The Yale Journal of Criticism. Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2001, pp. 191-215.)

10. "Plath's Triumphant Women Poems" by Linda Wagner-Martin
(Previously published in Wagner-Martin's Sylvia Plath: A literary life. 2nd ed. New York : Palgrave, 2003.)

11. "Poetry and Survival" by Susan Bassnett
(Previously published in Bassnett's Sylvia Plath: An introduction to the poetry, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.)

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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.