31 August 2007

Schedule Update: Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium

This schedule is no longer valid.

Below is the most recent schedule for the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium...stay tuned for potentially more updates!

30 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Letters to Peter Redgrove, [ca. 1966-1984]

The Robert W. Woodruff Library, Special Collections and Archives Division at Emory University has letters from Ted Hughes to Peter Redgrove. Redgrove is a well known British poet, who died recently in 2003.

Letters to Peter Redgrove, [ca. 1966-1984]

The collection consists of letters from Ted Hughes to Peter Redgrove from 1966-1984. Hughes discusses his personal and family life and his recent poems and possible projects. The collection also includes twelve typescript poems that Hughes sent to Redgrove and nine clippings by or about Hughes.

The letters are in 1 box. Plath is a named person in these letters.

The full finding aid to this collection is online here.

The home page for the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library is online here.

28 August 2007

Book Review: Stephanie Hemphill's Your Own, Sylvia

I read Your own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill over the last week. It was well researched and very creative; I enjoyed reading the poems as it re-enforces the work that Plath's biographers have done. I did find its reliance on Rough Magic troublesome. Rough Magic has its moments of decent reporting and I have often referred to it in my Plath studies. Hemphill's book is a unique approach to examining and reading Plath's life and work. Additionally, it provides a creative interpretation of how Plath's friends, family, and other acquaintances view her.

I did find two things worth commenting on regarding Your Own, Sylvia. First, there was no poem for an event that took place the week of her birthday in 1960: Heinemann's publication of The Colossus and other poems. Secondly, and this really bothered me, throughout the poems relating to Plath's time in Devon, North Tawton is called Croton. I believe this is what Butscher called North Tawton in his Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness, presumably to protect the names of the innocent. But, I am disappointed that Hemphill and her editors overlooked this masking and thus, may perpuate the misnomer.

Photograph of Hemphill taken from Randomhouse.ca.

27 August 2007

Edge by Paul Alexander starring Angelica Torn

This is a follow-up to my 12 July posting on the revivial of Edge, a play written and directed by Paul Alexander about Sylvia Plath. Stars Angelica Torn only.

Previews begin Sept. 4. Opens Sept. 9 at:

ArcLight
152 W. 71st St
New York, New York
Phone: 212-352-3101

26 August 2007

Sylvia Plath made the headlines 54 years ago

Update: At the time I wrote the post below in 2007, the information presented was the best that I had. Since that point, I have done extensive research into the subject of Sylvia Plath's disappearance and first suicide attempt in August 1953. The result of this research was published in a paper called "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath" which appearaed in Plath Profiles 3, published in Summer 2010.



54 years ago, Plath disappeared. The local Boston, Wellesley and Massachusetts newpapers ran a number of articles on her disappearance. The articles ran in various editions of the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and the Townsman, of Wellesley.

The suicide attempt occured for a number of reasons. Plath retold the events in The Bell Jar. The lines from her poem "Lady Lazarus" chill its readers,

"The second time I meant
To last it out and not come back at all.
I rocked shut

As a seashell.
They had to call and call
And pick the worms off me like sticky pearls."

Below is a list of articles on the search for Sylvia Plath.

The Boston Daily Globe ran the article, “Beautiful Smith Girl Missing at Wellesley” on 25 August 1953.

The Boston Globe ran the article, “Day-Long Search Fails to find Smith Student” on 26 August 1953.

The Boston Evening Globe ran the article, “Police, Boy Scouts Hunt Missing Smith Student” on 25 August, 1953. They also ran “Smith Student Found Alive in Cellar” on 26 August, 1953.

The Boston Herald ran the article, “Top-ranking student at Smith missing from Wellesley Home” on 25 August 1953.

The Boston Herald ran the article “Sleeping Pills missing with Wellesley Girl” On 26 August 1953.

The Boston Herald ran the article, “Wellesley Girl Found in Cellar: Suffers from overdose of sleeping pills” on 27 August 1953. Also on 27 August, they ran the article, “Honor Student 'Out of Danger' Took Sleep Pills”.

The Townsman (Wellesley) ran the article, “Missing Smith Girl Worried” on 26 August 1953.

The Townsman (Wellesley) ran the article, “Sylvia Plath Found In Good Condition” on 27 August 1953.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran the article, “Hunt for missing Smith honor student who left on 'long hike' fruitless” on 25 August 1953.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran the article, “Carry on search for Plath girl” on 26 August 1953.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ran the article, “Condition good of Smith senior who took pills” on 27 August 1953.

Also interesting are articles that ran during the month of June 1953 on the subject of the Rosenbergs execution. On 20 June, the day after the execution, the New York Times front page ran the article, "Rosenbergs Executed As Atom Spies After Supreme Court Vacates Stay; Last-Minute Please To President Fails." Pictures of Julius and Ethel stare out at its readers.

24 August 2007

New list in the sidebar

Yesterday I added a new list to the side bar. The list is called Plath Audio & Video. It lists audio and video recordings by Sylvia Plath or about her. I am not sure that it is a complete list, so if you know of something not listed, please send me an email. Some are for sale commercially through Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com; and some are available through Inter-Library Loan.

23 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Woodberry Poetry Room recorded archives

The Woodberry Poetry Room in Harvard's Lamont Library, houses an vast collection of audio recordings. Plath and Hughes both read during their time in Massachusetts from 1957-1959. Plath read at the Woodberry on 22 February 1959. Below is information about the recorded archives of the Woodberry Poetry Room. They have a website, which is here.

Woodberry Poetry Room recorded archives, 1930-1986

Archival Material ca. 1200 audio tapes and phonograph records.

Consists of recordings of readings chiefly by American and English poets given at Harvard University. As of 1986 there were approximately 1200 readings in the Woodberry recorded archives, and about 40 new readings are added every year. Beginning in 1985 video tapes of readings were added to the collection.

The Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard was established in honor of Professor George Edward Woodberry. It was opened in 1931 in Widener Library and was moved in 1949 to Lamont Library. From the beginning, poetry readings, funded by the Morris Gray Fund, were given in the Woodberry Room. The Poetry Room now has assumed responsibility for recording all poetry readings given at Harvard. These include, in addition to those funded by the Morris Gray Fund (administered since 1939 by the English Department), the Corliss Lamont Poetry Reading Series, readings funded by the Ellen Sitgreaves Vail Motter Fund of Radcliffe College, readings given under the auspices of the Harvard Vocarium, and readings sponsored by the Poetry Room itself.

Copies of recordings will be made only with the written permission of the author or the author's estate. Unpublished finding aid available in repository.

Plath read the following poems.

1.) Full Fathom Five
2.) Departure
3.) I Want, I Want
4.) Green Rock, Winthrop Bay
5.) On the Decline of Oracles
6.) Lorelei
7.) Moonrise
8.) Watercolor of Grandchester Meadows
9.) The Bull of Bendylaw
0.) Frog Autumn
11.) The Hermit at Outermost House
12.) The Goring
13.) Ouija
14.) Snakecharmer
15.) The Beggar of Benidorm Market
16.) Sculptor
17.) Point Shirley

And, according to this finding aid, The Woodberry Poetry Room also has a typescript with autograph manuscript annotions of Plath's poem 'Tulips'.

The Houghton Library at Harvard holds some other drafts of 'Tulips' in their collection. I wrote about this collection in June, you can read it here.

22 August 2007

Sylvia Plath's 'Ennui'

In November 2006, news broke that a graduate student from Virginia Commonwealth University, Anna Journey, found an unpublished sonnet written by Sylvia Plath in the collection at the Lilly Library, Indiana University. Plath wrote the sonnet, entitled 'Ennui', in 1955 while still an undergraduate student at Smith College. The news received a huge amount of international press and the web-based literary journal Blackbird published the poem on 1 November, 2006 (Fall 2006, Vol. 5 No. 2). The Guardian ran an article, found online here. At the time, Journey was a contributing editor of Blackbird.

I admit to being excited when the news broke, but I was quickly disappointed. The poem 'Ennui' is listed in the Juvenilia section of Plath's Collected Poems, hardly qualifying it as a found poem. Whoever sold this story to the press is something of a genius. This was in no way news, and it was in no way a discovered poem. Many of Plath's pre-1956 poems remain unpublished and further, are uncollected. I, too, have found them during my research trips to various Plath archives.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this news story was Journey's bringing to light marginalia Plath made in her copy of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzerald. There is something poetic in penning a sonnet entitled 'Ennui' based on this American classic. But even still, an article by Park Bucker, published in 1995, pointed out Plath's annotation in The Great Gatsby. You can read Bucker's "Princess Daisy: A Description of Sylvia Plath's Copy of The Great Gatsby" online here. The title page and Plath's bookplate are reproduced on the web site.

Blackbird and the 'Ennui' story are online here. In addition to an introduction, acknowledgments, and contributor's notes, the web site contains links to Plath's typescripts of the poem and a scanned page from The Great Gatsby.

Am I alone in the disappointment of what this news story seemed to announce: that a piece of writing by Plath, presumed lost or otherwise unknown, would be available for the first time? It reminded me of the hoax story from 2002 announcing that Plath's lost journals had been found.

The image is of Walter Richard Sickert's Ennui (circa 1914), from the Tate Collection, London.

21 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Letters to Lucas Myers, 1955-1988

The Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books library at Emory also hold letters from Ted Hughes to E. Lucas Myers, his Cambridge friend. Myers is the author of Crow Steered Bergs Appeared: A Memoir of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, 2001.

When Plath read the Saint Botolph's Review in February 1956, she found Myers' poems equally as forceful and impressive as Hughes'. But, we know who won that race.

Letters to Lucas Myers, 1955-1988

The collection consists primarily of correspondence from Ted Hughes to Lucas Myers from 1955-1988. Hughes letters begin the year after he came down from Cambridge and entreats Myers to help him arrange a meeting with Sylvia Plath. Through the years the letters reflect Hughes' life, career, and development as a writer shared with someone whose opinion he sought and whose writing he respected. Hughes discusses his marriage to Sylvia Plath, their homes, the birth and progress of their children, his views on fatherhood, comments on Plath's work and lengthy reflections on his own work. Also present is one letter to Myers from Sylvia Plath dated March 7, [1957] regarding Hughes' success as a teacher and her frustration with her studies; four Christmas cards signed by both Hughes and Plath; and three letters by Assia Wevil in 1965 concerning her daughter, meetings with Tate and Ezra Pound, and other literary news. The collection also contains a photograph of Ted Hughes and Lucas Myers (n.d.) and a copy of "Ah Youth: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath at Cambridge and After," by Lucas Myers, offprint from Grand Street, [Summer 1989].

The collection takes up 2 boxes.

Plath items are in Box 1, Folders 3 and 4.

The full finding aid to this collection is online here.

20 August 2007

For Sale: Sylvia Plath (Modern Critical Views) edited by Harold Bloom

THIS BOOK HAS SOLD. Thank you. 21 August 2007

I am offering for sale an unread, shrink-wrapped copy of Harold Bloom's Sylvia Plath. This is the 2007 Updated edition in the Modern Critical Views series.

The book retails for $45.00.

I am selling this book for $25.00, and this includes shipping.

Please email me if you are interested. US dollars only accepted.

19 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Letters to W. S. (William Stanley) and Dido Merwin, 1958-1969

Emory Universit's Ted Hughes collection hold some letters to W. S. Merwin and his wife Dido, from 1958-1969. Plath is a named person in these letters obviously as the Merwin's were very influential to Plath and Hughes from around 1958 on. Remember that Plath wrote much of novel The Bell Jar in the Merwin's house, located at 11 St. George's Terrace (pictured to the right), alongside and overlooking Primrose Hill. Anne Steveson's Bitter Fame prints a small memoir by Dido as an appendix, and also retells the somewhat humorous story of Plath and Hughes visit to the Merwin's in France in 1961.

Letters to W. S. (William Stanley) and Dido Merwin, 1958-1969

The collection contains correspondence from English poet Ted Hughes to W.S. and Dido Merwin from 1958-1969. Hughes first writes in 1958 from Northhampton, Massachusetts while teaching at Amherst. The next letters chronicle the young couples' move back to England and subsequent birth of their daughter in 1960. In the fall of 1961-1962 Hughes writes as he settles at Court Green in Devon. The letters contain information on Hughes' early literary endeavors and his early married life. Also included is a letter from his sister Olwyn, shortly after Assia Wevill's death in 1969. Several of Hughes' letters contained typescripts of poems.

The collection contains just one box.

The full finding aid to this collection is online here.

17 August 2007

Sylvia Plath dot Info

The web site is back online!

Sylvia Plath collections: The Morgan Library, Part II

On 4 July, 2007, I wrote about the Sylvia Plath collection of 40 juvenile poems held at the J. Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. I recently received a photocopy of the materials from the library, and wanted to follow up with you on a more detailed description of the holdings.

To recap, the description of the collection reads, "In a notebook with brown paper covers and with margins decorated with drawings in color in ink and crayon. Together with early transcripts of 29 poems, mostly in pencil and mostly notebook duplicates. Presumably 27 of the poems are available in no other text than the notebook transcripts."

Below is a complete list of poems in this collection. According to this list, there are 53 titled poems, not 40 as the Morgan indicates. Also, the earliest dated poem in the manuscript is 1937, not 1940. Some of the poems appear more than once. The title is followed by the year of composition (month and day are listed if known). The number in parentheses following the title and year relates to how many times the poem appears in in this manuscript.

  • "A stately pine tree silhouetted", undated
  • A Wish Upon a Star, 1944
  • Angelic Girls, 1943, (2)
  • Apple Blossoms, 1943
  • Christmas, 1942 (2)
  • Dreams, 1945, (2)
  • Enchantment, 1945
  • Fairy Wonders, 1943
  • Farewell to Flash, 1945
  • Halloween, 1944, (2)
  • Invitation to Cove, 1945
  • King of the Ice, 1945
  • March, 1945, (2)
  • Marcia and Sylvia, 1943, (2)
  • My Grandfather's Birthday, 1943
  • My Grandmother, 1943
  • My House, 1941, (2)
  • My Mother and I, 1940, (2)
  • My Teaparty, 1942, (2)
  • Odds and Ends, 1943
  • Pearls of Dew (a chant), 1940, (2)
  • Snow, 1940, (3)
  • Spring, 1944, (2)
  • The Home of Straying Blossoms, 1944
  • The Little New Year, 1944
  • Thoughts, 1937
  • Invitation to our Camp Nurse, 1945
  • Camp Helen Storrow, 1945
  • Awake!, 1945
  • Birthay [sic.] Greeting to Mother, 1945
  • Rain, 1945,
  • Betsy and Sylvia, 1945
  • The Spring Parade, 1945
  • The Lake, 1946
  • The Fairy Scarf, 1945, (2)
  • The Wind, 1945
  • Mornings of Mist, 1946
  • A Winter Sunset, undated
  • Simplicity, 1946
  • A Golden Afternoon, 1946
  • Silver Thread, undated
  • A-a-choooo, undated
  • Dover, undated
  • A Poem, undated
  • Recess, undated
  • A Ballet Dancer, undated
  • The sunrise, undated

In addition, many of the pages have incredible illustrations by Plath. These illustrations demonstrate that initially Plath was a far superior artist than writer. This was also evident in the "Eye Rhymes" exhibit held at Indiana University in 2002.

These are truly juvenile poems; unlike many of those selected for inclusion to the "Juvenilia" section at the back of Plath's Collected Poems. Many deal with fairies, nature, the weather/seasons, holidays, friends and family. Plath's first published poem, printed in the Sunday Boston Herald on 10 August 1941, under the title "Poem", is a part of this collection. It is in the second stanza of a poem entitled "My House".

A number of these poems are familiar to me. The Lilly Library holds some of them in their Plath collection and it is possible that Smith College has some of them as well. The poem "The Home of Straying Blossoms" is also known under the title "In the Corner of My Garden". (This poem appears in full in my 2004 biography, Sylvia Plath.) Additionally, Plath published a number of these poems her junior high school (named for Alice L. Phillips) and high school (named for Gamaliel Bradford) newspapers, the Phillipian and the Bradford.

Unfortunately it is a copy from microfilm so I cannot see the colors Plath used in her illustrations. Having seen the illustrations in her mid-to-late 1940s journals at the Lilly Library, I am looking forward to any excuse to go to New York City to see them.

Update: A celebration, this is

I am hopeful that my web site for Sylvia Plath, A celebration, this is, will be up and running by the end of the weekend. We've identified the issue. Fingers crossed.

16 August 2007

Sylvia Plath event: The Cheltenham Literary Festival

As reported on 15 August in the Guardian, Kathleen Connors and A. Alvarez will talk about Sylvia Plath and Eye Rhymes at this years Cheltenham Literary Festival, 5-14 October. The event will take place on the 14th, at 16:30. Actress Diana Quick will read Plath's poems. Tickets are £7, £3.50 for students.

SYLVIA PLATH
Event Number: 210

Venue: Everyman Theatre
Reserved Seating

In Eye Rhymes, marking the 75th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's birth, Kathleen Connors shows on stage for the first time the poet's remarkable pictures and photographs. She joins poet and critic Al Alvarez, one of Sylvia Plath's personal friends, and actress Diana Quick, who reads a selection of her poetry, to celebrate her life and share some fascinating new insights into Plath's extraordinary creativity.

For more information or to book your tickets, click here.

15 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections, Letters to Gerald Hughes, 1952-1991

Continuing the series of Sylvia Plath materials held at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University, I post here information about the Letters to Gerald Hughes, Ted Hughes's brother.

Letters to Gerald Hughes, 1952-1991

The collection consists of letters from Ted Hughes, in England, to his brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Joan Hughes, in Australia, between 1952 and 1991. The letters often include photographs, drafts of published poems, or original poems written for Gerald Hughes.

The letters provide an intimate look at Ted Hughes as he discusses personal matters such as the birth of his children; his separation from Sylvia Plath; and the deaths of his partner, Assia Wevill, their daughter Shura, and his mother. Hughes also writes about his career including his teaching and writing.

The collection is held in 2 boxes.

The following is a list of photographs of Plath in this collection:

  • Box 1, Folder 66 1959, Sylvia Plath and William and Edith Hughes, leaning against stone wall, The Beacon, Heptonstall, Yorkshire
  • Box 1, Folder 67 1959, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Hilda Farrar, and William and Edith Hughes, The Beacon, Yorkshire
  • Box 1, Folder 68 1959, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, The Beacon, Yorkshire
  • Box 1, Folder 69 1959, Ted and Edith Hughes and Sylvia Plath, The Beacon, Yorkshire
  • Box 2, Folder 4 1960, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Frieda Hughes, and Edith Hughes, sitting on bench, London
  • Box 2, Folder 5 1960, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Frieda Hughes, and Vickie [cousin], sitting on lawn chairs, Court Green, Devon
  • Box 2, Folder 7 1961, Sylvia Plath on blanket with baby carriage, Primrose Hill, London
  • Box 2, Folder 8 1962 April, Sylvia Plath, Frieda [holding daffodils] and Nicholas, Court Green, Devon [Siv Arb, photographer]
  • Box 2, Folder 10 1962, Sylvia Plath and Nicholas, Court Green, Devon

The full finding aid to this collection is online here.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library home page for the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library is online here.

Update on A celebration, this is - "www.sylviaplath.info"

Obviously my web site for Sylvia Plath is still down. In the mean time, click the "cached" link to view any of the pages.

It appears that either the server hosting the information is down; or, the files were removed. So much for free storage! I will try to get the web site back online through other means as quickly as I can.

Thank you.

News: "Revealed: Sylvia Plath's unseen art, discovered in the attic"

From the Guardian, www.guardian.co.uk, on 15 August, 2007:

Arts diary

Revealed: Sylvia Plath's unseen art, discovered in the attic
Francesca Martin
Wednesday August 15, 2007

Paintings and drawings by Sylvia Plath, many of which have never been seen before, are to be published in October to mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of the American poet and novelist.

In the book Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual, editor Kathleen Connors reveals illustrated childhood letters that Plath wrote when she was seven, which were found in the Plath family attic in 1996. There are also schoolbook sketches, portraits and a series of photographs and paintings from when Plath was an art student at Smith College, Massachusetts, including this self-portrait. The works were all completed by the time Plath was 20, at which point she decided to concentrate on her writing.

As Connors points out, it was no small decision. "While few would argue with Plath's career choice, it is unfortunate she dropped her Smith college studio courses just as she was developing her famous literary themes in art," she says. "The limited life options for women, and the marriage of military and commercial cultures during the 1950s, for example, are beautifully depicted in her late artwork."

Connors will discuss the book in person on October 14 at the Cheltenham literary festival, with one of Plath's friends, poet and critic Al Alvarez, and actor Diana Quick, who will read a selection of her poetry. In addition, there is a planned concert reading at the Royal Festival Hall for which musicans such as Patti Smith and Alanis Morissette and actors, including Alan Rickman, have been approached to participate.

Another actor said to be keen to take part is Julia Stiles, who is to star in and produce a film version of Plath's book The Bell Jar.

"A lot of people think of Sylvia Plath as being this dark, brooding soul because of her history," says Stiles. "Actually, her writing was different. She writes with beautiful imagery, and I think the vibrant images she describes in The Bell Jar are perfect for a film - maybe even more so than a novel."

14 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Letters to János Csokits, 1960-1998

At Emory University, the Robert W. Woodruff Library, Special Collections and Archives Division holds the Ted Hughes papers. In these papers are reference to Plath. In the János Csokits collection, Plath is a named person at some point in the correspondence. Below is the scope and content note from the finding aid.

Letters to János Csokits, 1960-1998

The collection consists primarily of 49 letters Ted Hughes wrote to János Csokits from 1960 to 1998. The correspondence ranges from personal to professional, with most letters combining the two. In this correspondence, Hughes sends news of his day-to-day home and family life, his translations of Pilinszky poems, comments on Csokits' translations, and ideas for their collaboration. During the course of the correspondence, Hughes also writes candidly about his frustration over Sylvia Plath's literary reputation and the material being published about her. He writes to Csokits about his own publications relating to Plath, including a candid letter about his motivation for the publication of Birthday Letters. Several of the letters include drafts of Pilinszky translations. Csokits provides a detailed, letter-by-letter annotation, which is included in the collection.

The collection also includes photocopies of most of Csokits' letters to Ted Hughes and to Olwyn Hughes from the same period. Although many of these letters are contained in Emory University's Ted Hughes collection, Csokits has provided copies of some letters not included in the collection, and he has appended translations to some of the copies in order to further elucidate their contents. Csokits has also appended a draft of Hughes' introduction to Desert of Love, and correspondence related to his personal reservations about publishing a Hungarian edition of the Pilinszky translations (which was never produced), to the photocopies of the relevant letters. All letters from Csokits to Hughes from 1964-1974, as well as several letters from 1975, are restricted until 2017.

Several translations of various Pilinszky poems by both Hughes and Csokits, not related to any specific correspondence, are also contained in the collection.

The collection is held in 3 boxes.

The full finding aid to this collection is online here.

The home page for the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library is online here.

13 August 2007

"A celebration, this" - http://www.sylviaplath.info

My web site for Sylvia Plath, http://www.sylviaplath.info/, is currently down for some unknown reason. I will try to get this resolved as soon as possible.

UPDATE: Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium schedule

The organizers of the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium have released an updated schedule. Please note the addition, on Saturday 27th October, of Frances McCullough. McCullough was a long time editor of Plath's work, most notably of her abridged Journals.

Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium Schedule
October 25-29th 2007 at Oxford University

Thursday, 25 October

9:00-5:30 All-day registration, Rothermere American Institute
9:00 Continental breakfast, Rhodes House
9:30 Opening, Rhodes Milner Room
10:00-11:00 Literary panel, Rhodes Jameson [“The Bee Poems’: Bethany Hicok, Georgiana Banita]
10:00-11:45 Literary panel, small Rothermere [‘Plath, Sexton and the Literary Market’: Jo Gill, Adrian Jones, Mel Waters, Luke Ferretter]
10:00-11:45 Literary panel, Rhodes Milner [“Plath and Pathology’: Elana Ciobanu, Mary DeShazer, Ralph Didlake, Deborah Phelps]
10:00-11:45 Literary panel, large Rothermere [‘Expressing Struggle and Pain’: Beth Martinelli, Pamela Ryan, Ghanim Samarrai, Isabella Wai]
12:00-12:45 Welcome lunch, Rhodes
1:30-2:15 Exhibition tour/talk, Oxford Playhouse [Kristina Zimbakova]
1:15-2:15 Guest speaker Nick Owen, Rhodes Jameson [‘Roots of Creativity and Destructiveness in Plath’]
1:15-3:45 Literary panel, small Rothermere [‘Family Romance 1’: Susan Bowers, Kara Kilfoil, Aubrey Menard, Ann Walsh, Kristy Woodcock]
1:15-3:45 Literary panel, Rhodes Milner [‘Comparing Plath’: Abdolmajid Eskandari, Hilary Holladay, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Gary Leising, Anastasia Logotheti, Barbara Mossberg]
1:15-3:45 Literary panel, large Rothermere [‘Plath Parallels’: Majid Avali, Sibel Guzel, Nadide Karkimer, Leyli Jamali, Raja Sekhar, Omid Varzandeh]
2:30-3:45 Guest speakers Marianne Egeland and Pamela Norris, Rhodes Jameson [‘Plath in Print’; ‘Writing the life as fiction: Sylvia Plath and the Problem of Biography’]
4:00-5:45 Featured speakers Helle and Larschan, Rhodes Milner
Helle: ‘“The Photographic Chamber of the Eye”: Plath, Photography and thePost-Confessional Muse’
Larschan: ‘”What Mightn’t the Sea Bequeath?”: Plath’s Mythical Massachusetts’
4:00-5:45 Literary panel, large Rothermere [‘Images of Plath’: Annika Hagström, Allyson Hyland, Philippa Hawker]
4:00-5:45 Literary panel, small Rothermere [Plath and Female Identity’: Gail Crowther, Patricia Grisafi, Jessica McCort, Dorothy Wang]
4:00-5:45 Literary panel, Rhodes Jameson [‘Plath and Pedagogy’: Amanda Golden, Eusebio de Lorenzo Gomez, Kate Gray, Jason Lee]
6:00-7:00 Wine reception at Divinity School, Bodleian Library exhibit of small press books
7:00-9:00 Reception and poetry reading at Blackwell’s Bookshop (P)
8:00-9:30 Featured playwright Elisabeth Gray’s play ‘Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath’, Pilch Theatre (P)
Open hours Rothermere Library exhibition of Enid Mark’s ‘About Sylvia’ book/prints

Friday, 26 October

9:00-5:30 All-day registration, Rothermere American Institute
9:00 Continental breakfast, Rhodes House
9:00-9:50 Forum on Plath Profiles on-line journal 1, Rhodes Milner [Bill Buckley, Mary Nolan]
10:00-11:45 Featured speakers Lynda K. Bundtzen and Tim Kendall, Rhodes Milner
Bundtzen: ‘Confession, Contrition, and Concealment in Ted Hughes’s Howls and Whispers’
Kendall: ‘Sylvia Plath and the Purpose of Poetry’
12:00-12:45 Lunch, Rhodes
1:00-2:20 Literary panel, large Rothermere [‘Plath and Hughes Manuscripts Verso’: Helen Decker, Emma Hoare, Uta Gosmann]
1:00-2:20 Literary panel, small Rothermere [‘Plath’s Influence on International writers’: Fan Jinghua, Maria Johnston, Malin Pereira]
1:00-2:20 Literary panel, Rhodes Milner [‘Motherhood and Marriage’: Annie Finch, Katherine Keenan, Sondra Swedborg]
1:30-2:15 Exhibition tour/talk, Oxford Playhouse
1:30-2:20 Guest speaker Sarah Churchwell, Rhodes Jameson
2:30-4:15 Featured speakers Steven Gould Axelrod and Linda Wagner-Martin, Rhodes Milner
Axelrod: ‘Plath and Torture’
Wagner-Martin: ‘All Those Years in the Archives: A Life with Sylvia Plath’
4:30-6:30 Literary panel, small Rothermere [‘“Lady Lazarus” and Suicide’: Nadia Boudidah Falfoul, Marcia Elis de Lima Francoso, Kamran Javadizadeh, Stephanie Roush]
4:30-6:30 Literary panel, Rhodes Jameson [‘Plath in Popular and Cold War Culture’: Joan Dargan, Erik Mortenson, Patrick O’Connor, Cornelia Pearsall, Nicola Presley]
4:30-6:30 Literary panel, large Rothermere [The Bell Jar: Ozlem Gorumlu, Esin Kumlu, Elaine Pigeon, Janet Stallard]
4:30-6:30 Literary panel, Rhodes Milner [‘Plath and Hughes Dialog’: Heather Clark, Diana Conzett, Janne Stigen Drangsholt, Diane Hunter, Terry Hunter]
5:00-5:30 Hanna/Simmons’s intro to “The Girl Who Would be God’ animation, Oxford Playhouse
5:30-7:00 Hanna/Simmons animation and Lahire films ‘Edge’, ‘Lady Lazarus’ and
‘Johnny Panic’, Top Room, Oxford Playhouse
8:00-8:30 Sarah Purcell’s introduction to Sandra Lahire films, ‘Edge’, ‘Lady Lazarus’ and ‘Johnny Panic’, Top Room/Oxford Playhouse (P)
8:30-10:00 Lahire films, Hanna/Simmons animation, Top Room, Oxford Playhouse Top Room/Oxford Playhouse (P)
8:00-8:30 Mossberg’s introduction to Elisabeth Gray’s play, Pilch Theatre (P)
8:30-10:00 Gray’s play ‘Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath’, Pilch Theatre (P)
Open hours Rothermere Library exhibition of Enid Mark’s ‘About Sylvia’ book/prints

Saturday, 27 October

9:00-4:00 All-day registration, Rothermere American Institute
9:00 Continental breakfast, Rhodes House
9:00-9:50 Forum on Plath archives, Smith, Lilly & Emory, Rhodes Milner
10:00-11:30 Featured speakers Karen Kukil and Robin Peel, Rhodes Milner
Kukil: ‘Sylvia Plath’s Women’
Peel: ‘Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Publication’
10:00-11:30 Lahire and Hanna/Simmons animation, Top Room, Oxford Playhouse (P)
11:45-12:45 Lunch, Rhodes
1:00-2:45 Featured speakers Anne Stevenson/Martin Schaetzle and Britzolakis, Rhodes Milner
Stevenson/Schaetzle: “Sylvia Plath and Ruth Beuscher’
Britzolakis: ‘Plath’s Dreamwork’
3:00-4:15 Artist panel Siall Waterbright and Amanda Robins, Rhodes Milner [‘Plath as Artistic Inspiration’]
3:00-4:15 Guest speakers Francis McCullough and Jonathan Ellis, large Rothermere [‘Editing Plath’]
3:00-4:15 Featured and Guest poets Catherine Bowman and Crystal Hurdle, small Rothermere
3:00-4:15 Featured photographer Linda Adele Goodine, Rhodes Jameson
4:30 Bus to London, Piccadilly
6:00-8:30 London free time
8:30-10:00 Sylvia Plath Birthday Concert, St. James Church, Piccadilly (P)
10:30 Bus to Oxford
8:00-9:30 Gray’s play, ‘I Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath’, Pilch Theatre, Oxford (P)
Open hours Rothermere Library exhibition of Enid Mark’s ‘About Sylvia’ book/prints

Sunday, 28 October

9:00-2:00 All-day registration, Rothermere American Institute
9:00 Continental breakfast, Rhodes
9:00-9:45 Forum on Plath Websites, Rhodes Milner [Elaine Connell, Peter Steinberg]
10:00-11:45 Featured speakers Tracy Brain and Langdon Hammer, Rhodes Milner
Brain: ‘Representing Sylvia Plath’
Hammer: ‘Plath’s German’
12:00-12:45 Lunch, Rhodes
1:00-2:00 Book signing, Rhodes (open to public)
2:15-4:00 Featured speakers A. Alvarez and Diane Middlebrook, Rhodes Milner
Alvarez: ‘My friendship with Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’
Middlebrook: ‘Call and Response in the Poetry of Plath and Hughes’
4:15-5:50 Literary panel, Large Rothermere [‘Plath, Gender and Self definition’: Andrew Browne, Vassilis Manoussakis, Janet McCann, Neslihan Emkekciouglu]
4:15-5:50 Literary panel, Rhodes Jameson [‘Ariel’: Smita Agrawal, Bora Im, Chloe Stopa-Hunt, Jennifer Ryan]
4:15-5:30 Literary panel, small Rothermere [‘Plath’s story “The Perfect Place”’: Irralie Doel, Lena Friesen, Peter Steinberg]
4:30-5:30 Guest speaker Kroll, Rhodes Milner
6:00-7:30 Oxford Playhouse reception
7:30-9:30 Oxford Playhouse performance (P)
Open hours Rothermere Library exhibition of Enid Mark’s ‘About Sylvia’ book/prints

Monday, 29 October (Panels are free and open to the public this day)

9:00 Continental breakfast
9:00-9:50 Forum on Plath Profiles on-line journal 2, Rhodes Milner [Bill Buckley, Mary Nolan]
10:00-11:00 Literary panel, small Rothermere [Feminist ID: Janet Badia, Christina Belcher]
10:00-11:45 Literary panel, Rhodes Jameson [‘Plath’s Landscapes’: Katherine Hazzard, Bajrang Korde, David Troupes]
10:00-11:45 Literary panel, Rhodes Milner [‘Plath as Visionary’: Liz Beasley, Bill Buckley, Anne Dillon, Anaya Ghoshal, Nephie Christodoulides]
10:00-11:45 Literary panel, large Rothermereermere [‘Plath’s Prose’: Ipsita Bhattacharyya, Laure De Nevraux]
11:10-11:50 Literary panel, small Rothermere [‘Family Romance 2’: Ashok Sachdeva, Yashpal Vyas]
12:00 Closing, Rhodes Milner
1:00 Lunch at local pub


(P) indicates open to the public

Update: Sylvia Plath's Poetry by Linda Wagner-Martin

For those intending to buy or otherwise obtain Linda Wagner-Martin's new book Sylvia Plath's Poetry, Amazon.com recently changed the shipping status of this book until January 2008. This books original publication date was 8 May, 2007. It will be published by Continuum International Publishing Group.

12 August 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Letters to Frieda Hughes, 1971-1997

The Robert W. Woodruff Library, Special Collections and Archives Division at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia holds many papers relating to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and their family and friends. The home page for the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Library is online here.

Of the many holdings are the Letters to Frieda Hughes, 1971-1997. Below is the scope and content note from the finding aid.

Letters to Frieda Hughes, 1971-1997

The collection consists primarily of letters to Frieda Hughes from her father, Ted Hughes and stepmother, Carol Hughes from 1971-1997. A few of the letters are addressed to her brother, Nicholas. Many of the early letters, 1971-1978, were written while Frieda and her brother, Nicholas were attending Ibstock Place School in London and then Bedales School in Petersfield, Hants. These letters discuss news regarding their home, various pets, encouraging words about school work, and writing and language lessons/exercises written by her father. Of particular interest are a series of 1971 letters written while her father was in Paris and Teheran, Iran working with Peter Brooks on the production of ORGHAST; a humorous account of a meeting with the Royal family written on 14 February 1975; and a lengthy and humorous letter describing the day that Ted Hughes received the OBE from the Queen in 1977. In the later years, there are several letters which contain comments that Ted Hughes made regarding his daughter's writings. There is a detailed annotation of the letters provided by Frieda Hughes in the first folder of the collection [the container list notes the original number assigned by Hughes to each letter]. Also included in the collection; two sketchbooks containing several drawings by Ted Hughes and some loose sketches one by Sylvia Plath; Ted Hughes' death certificate; and a chronology of events from 1956-1971, written by Ted Hughes for Frieda Hughes.

The collection is housed in 2 boxes and 2 bound volumes. There is a sketch called "Daffodils" by Plath in 'OP3'. Additionally, Hughes composed a timeline of events from 1956-1971 for Frieda in 1995. The full finding aid to this collection is online here:

10 August 2007

The Pathology of Ambition

The Pathology of Ambition – A review of Rick Gekoski’s chapter on The Colossus in Nabokov’s Butterfly

Rick Gekoski is a brilliant rare books dealer and not a bad writer, either. His short tale on purchasing and selling a copy of the first American edition of Sylvia Plath’s The Colossus and other poems is a fascinating one. It appears in his Nabokov’s Butterfly: And other stories of great authors and rare books, published in 2004 by Carroll & Graf in the US.

This is an exciting story. Plath first published The Colossus in 1960 under the Heinemann imprint. It was a collection that took up three-quarters of an inch on the bookshelf. With difficulty and time, as well as a reduced table of contents, Plath found an American publisher in 1961 in Knopf. The copy in Gekoski’s account was actually Ted Hughes’ personally inscribed copy from Plath. Gekoski points out, vividly, that the inscription can be dated to May 1962, mere weeks before the break-up of their marriage. The inscription read:

FOR TED
Of Whom Colossus and Prince Otto learn their craft and art
with love
Sylvia.

The inscription brings to mind Plath’s and Hughes’s intense admiration for the poetry of Dylan Thomas (“In my craft of sullen art”). Gekoski states uncompromisingly, “If you don’t immediately feel how exciting this book is – if you haven’t, in some form or another, just whispered ‘that is so fabulous!’ to yourself – I’m afraid you don’t have the makings of a book collector. I’m not even sure if I would like you very much.” I agree with him wholeheartedly.

Hughes offered his copy of The Colossus to Gekoski in 1992 for £4,000 ($8,000). The sale took place through Hughes’ preferred mediator Roy Davids of Sotheby’s. Gekoski admits that loving a rare book is a strange and dangerous thing, but even he has fallen prey to it, “…every now and again a book pops up that has such a visceral appeal that you feel a resolute attachment to it…and you don’t wish to let it go.”

The early 1990s was an abysmal time in the Plath-Hughes story; having recently suffered through two piteous biographies there was not much of an “industry” at the time. It would take another eight years before prices would explode in the market for collectible Plath items; and unfortunately Gekoski did not keep it until that time.

With the advent of eBay in the late 1990s and the very important publication of Plath’s unexpurgated Journals in 2000, collecting Plath became almost as important as reading Plath. I began collecting Plath in the knick of time during the winter of 1998. Initially, I had no idea of what I was doing; I just collected first editions of Plath’s books. Owning old, pretty books was rewarding, and I wanted a bookshelf full of them. Gekoski calls this “the pathology of ambition” and relates it to Plath’s frustration at getting good reviews and an American publisher throughout 1960. Her wants, my wants: they were one in the same.

One “meets” nice people through web sites such as abebooks.com. Nicer, in particular, than the folks selling items for auction and greed on eBay. I have even found that by buying multiple books from bookseller’s leads to special treatment and advance notice when new books become available. Antiquarian Book Fair’s are also a wonderful place to see and touch and buy rare books; it is better than the internet as the descriptions, though generally very accurate, pale in comparison to seeing the books in a display case. The Antiquarian Book Fair’s are annual events in major cities like London, Boston, Paris, New York City, and San Francisco, to name a few. It makes one feel special to be remembered, too. I happened on the Book Fair in Boston two years in a row and the gentleman from Harper’s Books in New York remembered me – despite the fact that I didn’t purchase anything the previous year.

Nowadays, prices of many Plath books have at least doubled; and the number of copies available for sale has grown, too! It seems that even for books printed in limited numbers there aren’t enough buyers; and some prices are so astronomically high it seems highly unlikely the sellers will ever part with their stock. Is this intentional? When Gekoski put The Colossus on sale for £9,500 ($19,000), Hughes was reportedly miffed. It sold in late 1992 for $9,000 (£5,000) to a collector in Philadelphia who in turn sold it several years later for a significant profit. Gekoski ends with a deal of his own: he wants The Colossus back. One wonders where Hughes’ Heinemann edition is now…

This book was published in England under the title, Tolkien’s gown and other stories of famous authors and rare books.

09 August 2007

Sylvia Plath Collections: Helle collection of Plath family photographs

The Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College recently posted opened the "Helle collection of Plath family photographs, 1910-1963."

The collection is .5 linear feet (or 1 box). The abstract for the collection reads, "This collection of Plath family photographs includes photographs of Otto Plath and his siblings, of Aurelia Schober Plath, Warren and Sylvia Plath and various other Schober relatives."

08 August 2007

Sylvia Plath's "Tulips" rejected titles


I want to follow up on Plath's rejected titles for the Ariel poems. The poem "Tulips" had three variant, rejected titles: "Sickroom Tulips", "Sickroom Tulips in Hospital", and "Tulips in Hospital". These drafts are not a part of the Smith College holdings as Plath sent the autograph manuscript drafts and a typewritten draft with autograph annotations to her friend Jack Sweeney. Sweeney in turn
gave the poems to the Houghton Library at Harvard in 1966.

What Smith College does have are later typescripts, including some proofs for the poems publication in the New Yorker.

I took this photograph of Plath's grave with tulips on 11 February 2003.

06 August 2007

Review of "Wish I had a Sylvia Plath"

This review by Jeremy Austin, "Wish I Had A Sylvia Plath", starring Elisabeth Gray, appeared online at www.thestage.co.uk.

"'Wish I Had A Sylvia Plath' is one of those great fringe experiences - a funny, moving, highly original piece of theatre that is innovative in its presentation, well directed and fabulously performed. All for less than ten quid.

"Loosely based on Plath’s last moments, Esther Greenwood is a published poet driven to despair by an unhappy childhood, unappreciative parents, the genius of her husband, Ned Pews(!), and his philandering.

"Her last ten seconds of hallucinatory madness are depicted on stage as she discusses her life with the talking oven in which she has recently placed her head, and provides the voices for a expertly shot silent film, in which most of the action takes place.

"It is an utterly engrossing hour. As Greenwood, Elisabeth Gray is neurotic and delicate but still manages to convey a great strength as she takes the final stand against her husband.

"While the film that she narrates threatens to overshadow her onstage performance, the fact it fails to do so is a testament to the acute understanding director John Farmanesh-Bocca has of the piece.

"As with all the best comedy, there is a (fairly obvious) underlying tragedy to the whole thing. It is finally allowed to surface in the end, but does so without falling into cliche or swamping what has been a finely drawn production up to that point."

The play will also run Thursday-Saturday, 25-27 October, at the Pilch Theatre during the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium.

Dissertations about Sylvia Plath

Below is a list of dissertations and theses where Plath's name appears in the title. I hope that some of you out there find this resource interesting and useful in your own Plath endeavors.

A number of these have been published. At a minimum, those by Annas, Barnard, Brain, Broe, Kroll, Lindahl-Raittila, and Rosenblatt appear as monographs, either under the same title or a different one.

Dissertations and Theses about Sylvia Plath

Adcock, Gail Rowland. 1983. Recurring images in selected literature of Sylvia Plath a thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School, Tennessee Technological University. Cookeville, Tenn: [s.n.].

Aldred, Ann, 1933-. 1983. Sylvia Plath and existentialism. Thesis (M.A.) -- University of Calgary, 1983.

Allen, Elyse Poore, and Sylvia Plath. 1974. An oral performance of selected works of Sylvia Plath. Thesis--Southwest Texas State University, 1974.

Allen, Sylvia Carol. 1967. Sylvia Plath, a study of confessional poetry. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Texas at El Paso, 1967.

Annas, Pamela J. 1981. A disturbance in mirrors the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Indiana University, 1976.

Arab, Ronda Ann. 1993. "Perfection is terrible": The completed self in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. M.A. diss., Dalhousie University (Canada), 1993.

Artrip, Shanon R. 1993. The girl in the mirror a Lacanian/Kristevian study of Sylvia Plath's The bell jar. Thesis (M.A.)--Radford University, 1993.

Auger Vega, Olga M. 2005. Body image and the pathology of eating disorders in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. Thesis (M.A.)--Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2005.

Bachl, Andrea E. 1997. Sylvia Plath's hospital poems. Honors essay: Dept. of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997.

Badia, Janet. 2000. Private detail, public spectacle Sylvia Plath's and Anne Sexton's confessional poetics and the politics of reception. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University, 2000.

Badt, Karin Luisa. 1994. The Ethics of the body in american and italian women's fiction a study of Sylvia Plath, Natalia Ginzburg, Dacia Maraini, Milena Milani and Toni Morrison. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, Committee on Comparative Studies in Literature, June 1994.

Bain-Creed, Benjamin. 2002. The production of the surreal an evaluation of nature, consciousness, and creation in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Florida, 2002.

Baker, Mary Smith. 1991. The light of the mind the composition of Sylvia Plath's poems. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1991.

Balitas, Vincent D. 1981. Sylvia Plath, poet. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1973.

Baric, Neda Rose. 1991. Of mothers and mentors, Sylvia Plath and Olive Higgins Prouty. Thesis (M.A.)--University of California, Los Angeles, 1991.

Becker, Carol C. 1979. A Rilke tradition in American poetry Theodore Roethke, Delmore Schwartz, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, 1979.

Belk, Dianne Phillips. 1973. An interpretation of the symbolism in Sylvia Plath's Three women, a poem for three voices. Thesis (M.A.)--University of South Carolina.

Bell, Ronald John. 1999. My selves dissolving an exploration of the narcissistic personality in the work of two American poets, Weldon Kees and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Davis, 1999.

Bercovitch, Zoe. 1987. Sylvia Plath the search for the perfect myth. Thesis (A.B., Honors)--Harvard University, 1987.

Berkenkotter, Carol. 1977. Sylvia Plath poet and persona. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Iowa.

Bettman, Gilbert. 1970. Some continuities in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (A.B., Honors)--Harvard University, 1970.

Betz, Phyllis M. 1980. In time, out of time Sylvia Plath and her critical environment. Thesis (M.A.) in English--University of Maine, 1980.

Blackburn, Shilo R. 2004. A great mind is androgynous a look at the late poetry of Sylvia Plath through Virginia Woolf's theory of the androgynous consciousness. Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2004.

Blanken, David L. 1995. Sylvia Plath biography in and as criticism. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1995.

Blosser, Silvianne. 2001. A poetics on edge the poetry and prose of Sylvia Plath : a study of Sylvia Plath's poetic and poetological developments. Bern: Peter Lang.

Blumenshein, Mary Jodan. 1984. Monograph for Sylvia Plath in R.L. Goldemberg's Letters home. Thesis (M.A.)--Washington State University, 1984.

Bong, Emily Yann Fang. 2001. Ted Hughes' recent work as a prism for re-reading Sylvia Plath. Academic exercise (B.A. Hons.)--National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 2001.

Bonnell, Paula. 1972. Much madness the pre-feminism of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Senior Honors Program)--University of Houston, 1972.

Bradish, Marion Roberts. 2001. The archetypal image of the goddess Persephone in the lives and poetry of Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2001.

Brain, Tracy Eileen. 1992. The female body in women's writing from Sylvia Plath to Margaret Atwood. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Sussex, 1992.

Bridgford, Kim Suzanne. 1988. Discoverers of the not-known Louise Bogan, Muriel Rukeyser, Sylvia Plath, Mary Swenson, and Adrienne Rich. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.

Broadwell, Elizabeth Pell. 1981. Male authority and female identity in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Adrienne Rich. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981.

Broe, Mary Lynn. 1975. Persona and poetic the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Connecticut, 1975.

Brönn, Johanna Aletta. 1985. A testimony of the misbegotten tension and discord in the poems of Sylvia Plath with special reference to Poem for a birthday. Potchefstroom: s.n.].

Brooks, Anna-Maria. 1983. Moon imagery in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Clark University.

Bulgaris, Laura. 2003. "What ceremony of words can patch the havoc?": A critical study of Sylvia Plath's poems. M.A. diss., Morgan State University, 2003.

Burgess, Lisa María. 1987. Writing in the liminal space Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath. Senior honors Thesis--Brandeis University, 1987.

Bursky, Rick. 2003. The soup of something missing a collection of poems. Thesis (M.F.A.)--Warren Wilson College, 2003.

Callan, Eileen E. 1988. Sylvia Plath an explication of her children's poetry. College Scholar project (B.S.)--Mercy College, 1988.

Cannon, Mercy. 1999. Approved for the road the subjection of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Radford University, 1999.

Capek, Mary Ellen Stagg. 1975. "Perfection is terrible" a study of Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin, 1973.

Carney, Christopher James. 1997. Dying to write reinventing the elegiac in the confessional poetry of John Berryman, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Long Beach, 1997.

Carroll, Rachel Louise. 1996. The return to the body in the work of Sylvia Plath, Angela Carter, Leonora Carrington, and Flannery O'Connor. Newcastle upon Tyne: University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Carter, Michaela. 1994. This other fiction a collection of poems. Thesis (M.F.A.)--Warren Wilson College, 1994.

Chalmers, Catherine F. 1989. Sylvia Plath a selected annotated bibliography. Thesis (M.A.)--Western State College of Colorado, 1989.

Churchill, Sarah Bartlett. 1998. Dead metaphors writing Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, and Janis Joplin. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Princeton University, 1998.

Clayton, Sylvia Jane. 1981. Women in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Texas at Arlington, 1981.

Cloud, Jeraldine Neifer. 1976. Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and the confessional mode in contemporary poetry. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Emory University, 1976.

Cobb, Le Anne. 1992. Sylvia Plath the struggling selves in life and art. Thesis (B.A.)--California Polytechnic State University, 1992.

Connolly, Patty Barnhill. 1982. Universal values in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1982.

Cooper, C. Camille. 1992. Varieties of be(e)ing in Sylvia Plath's bee poems. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Georgia, 1992.

Cromer, Mary. 1991. Esther Greenwood's struggle for control in Sylvia Plath's The bell jar. Honors essay: Dept. of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991.

Crowther, Gail. 1999. An authentic self?: Towards an ethics of reading Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.) -- Lancaster University.

Curry, Renée R. 1984. Sexuality in the poetry of modern American women a study of H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Marge Piercy. Thesis (M.A.) in English--University of Maine, 1984.

Dabydeen, Cyril. 1974. The vision of distinguished worlds a study of the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Queen's University, 1974.

Devereux, Janice. 1991. 'Delighting the heart like wishes' the last poems of Sylvia Plath : a dissertation submitted for the partial fulfilment of the Postgraduate Diploma in English at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Thesis (Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects)--University of Otago, 1992.

Dixon, Sarah Alice. 1974. A thematic approach to the study of Sylvia Plath's poems. Thesis (M.S.)--Texas A & I University, 1974.

Douglas, Emily Stucken. 2004. "I lean to you" self, subject, and intersubjectivity in the writings of Sylvia Plath and James Baldwin. Thesis (A.B., Honors in Literature)--Harvard University, 2004.

Dygart, Betty M. 1976. Sylvia Plath a study of the images of wife and mother. Whitewater: University of Wisconsin.

Eden, Marilyn J. 1976. The inverted gospel of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Southwest Missouri State University, 1976.

Elingburg, Beverly Hartsell. 1992. "Toward the forbidding prison" a study of Sylvia Plath's separateness. Thesis (M.A.)--North Carolina State University.

Ellsworth, Joyce Rowley. 1998. Exorcising the emptiness a study of Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytic and linguistic theories as applied to the prose and poetry of Adrienne Rich and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.L.S.)--North Central College, 1998.

England, Amy. 1985. Sylvia Plath's beekeeping sequence. Senior honors Thesis--Brandeis University, 1985.

English, Todd Michael, and Walter A. Davis. 1991. Shedding the self's skin on the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Ohio State University, 1991.

Fendley, Gail. 1996. A kaleidoscope of truth Sylvia Plath's legacy. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Charleston, S.C. and The Citadel, 1996.

Fesmire, Bonnie Lynn. 1981. The blaze within forms of pilgrimage in the poetry of Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and Adrienne Rich. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Florida State University, 1981.

Fleeman, Linda Sharon Elizabeth Henson. 1972. Image, sound, and self: the persona of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A. in English)--Vanderbilt University, 1972.

Fletcher, Alison Laura. 1996. A critical application of Anti-Oedipus to the literature of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of South Florida, 1996.

Foord, Isabelle. 1971. The illusion of Greek necessity a developmental study of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Alberta, 1971.

Foster, Suzanne M. 1984. Sylvia Plath's bee cycle of poetry a movement toward maturity. Paper (M.A.)--North Dakota State University, 1984.

Fraser, Linda Lussy. 1997. Sylvia Plath and the cinema Sylvia Plath's poetics and the cinematography of Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, and Carl Dreyer. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Riverside, 1997.

Frazier, Valerie Doris. 2002. Battlemaids of domesticity: Domestic epic in the works of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sylvia Plath. Ph.D. diss., University of Georgia, 2002.

Friess, Debra K. 1998. The shattering of literary families a Lacanian psychoanalysis of the absent male : Tennessee Williams's The glass menagerie, Marsha Norman's 'Night, Mother, and selected poetry of Sylvia Plath. "A senior thesis submitted to the faculty of Westminster College in partial fulfillment of the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Department of English, Westminster College.".

Fritzsche, Vincent J. 2000. The new Ariel a new edition of Sylvia Plath's greatest poetic work. Thesis (M.A.)--San Francisco State University, 2000.

Funderburk, Ann. 1973. A complexion of the mind the confessional poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Undergraduate)--Maryville College, 1973.

Geffner, Andrea B. 1975. A passive transport through death submission in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--City College of New York, 1975. (Department of English).

Gentry, Deborah Suiter. 1992. The art of dying: Suicide in the works of Kate Chopin and Sylvia Plath. D.A. diss., Middle Tennessee State University, 1992.

George, Louise D. 1974. A word index to the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.) -- Edinboro State College, 1974.

Gereighty, Andrea Saunders. 1978. Stasis in the A̲r̲i̲e̲l̲ poems of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Master of Arts)--University of New Orleans.

Gilbert, Kenneth J. 1990. A ride with "Our boy, death." exploring the death themes in the works of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Research paper (M.A.)--Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dept. of English, 1991.

Golden, Amanda. 2003. "Her novels make mine possible" Virginia Woolf's influence on Sylvia Plath's abandoned novel, Falcon Yard.

Gómez, Tatiana. 2001. Motherhood, sexuality, and feminine writing in selected poems of Sylvia Plath and Rosario Ferré. Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001.

Gopinath, Sheila. 1987. Sylvia Plath's Ariel three poems in the face of adversity. Research paper (M.A.)--Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dept. of English, 1987.

Gordon, Lydia Caroline. 1975. "From stone to cloud," a critical study of Sylvia Plath. Thesis--University of Pennsylvania, 1975.

Gottler, Mara. 1975. Otherness beyond the self an analysis of water imagery in the woods of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor, 1975.

Govindan, Anumarla. 1997. Sylvia Plath and the poetry of experience a study of Sylvia Plath's dramatic strategies. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Oklahoma State University, 1997.

Graeber, Amanda Lynn. 2003. A question of sanity women and in/sanity in Bessie Head's A question of power and Sylvia Plath's The bell jar. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Northern Iowa, 2003.

Graham, Jessica Renee. 2002. Patriarchal circumvention in the autobiographical fiction of Charlotte Bronte and Sylvia Plath. Mississippi College thesis. Thesis (M.A.)--Mississippi College, 2002.

Granato, Laura Ann. 1992. Sylvia Plath, the individual and society a power issue. Thesis (B.S.)--California Polytechnic State University, 1992.

Gregoris, Steven. 1983. Poetic process and absence a critical perspective on the poetry of Sylvia Plath. M.A. diss., Dalhousie University (Canada), 1983.

Griffiths, Marie Ann. 1999. Vanquishing the void narcissism and negation in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Riverside, 1999.

Hadler, Susan J. 1983. Cauldron of morning aspects of the feminine psyche revealed in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Maryland, 1983.

Hall, Caroline King Barnard. 1973. Gods̕ lioness: the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Brown University, 1973.

Hall, David Gibbard. 1978. The poetic voice of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin, 1978.

Hall, Lawren Lydian. 1991. Sylvia Plath and ECT: Controlling herself and her treatment. M.A. diss., University of Houston, 1991.

Hamblin, Laura. 1989. Images of meaning in the poetry and prose of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Brigham Young University. Dept. of English.

Hammond, Patricia B. 1979. The controlled versus the hysterical voices in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (M.A.)--San Francisco State University.

Harris, Jan Renee. 1999. Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton: Passion, perfection, and death through poetic confession. M.A. diss., University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1999.

Hazzard, Kim Ryne. 1976. Sylvia Plath "the girl who wanted to be God". Thesis (M.A.)--Samford University, 1976.

Hebert, Laurel Ann. 1968. The red eye, the cauldron of morning a study of the later poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Montana.

Heglin, Jeffrey. 1974. Sylvia Plath; a biographical approach. Thesis (B.A.)--California State University, Northridge, 1974.

Henderson, Kathlyn Berkeley. 1981. Inspiration, initiation and identity in Sylvia Plath's Colossus. [S.l.]: University of Essex.

Herzfeld, Leslie Ann. 1992. Sylvia Plath: an explication of her style, theme, and voice from a feminist perspective. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University, 1992.

Hickox, Jessica M. 1998. Beyond the myths the voices of Sylvia Plath. Honors thesis--Linfield College, 1998.

Hoffer, Mark. 1996. The coming and going of the Sphinx a reading of Sylvia Plath's unpublished Ariel. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Northridge, 1996.

Holden, Jennifer Lynn. 1997. Absent fathers/surrogate fathers fatherlessness in the works of Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Riverside, 1997.

Hoofard, Jennifer Michelle. 2006. Flesh wounds reading the scar as text in the works of Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Davis, 2006.

Hooper, Carolyn B. 1990. "The mirror floats us" beyond the surface of Sylvia Plath's mirrors. Thesis (M.A.)--Wake Forest University. Dept. of English, 1990.

Horne, Dee Alyson. 1990. The role of the journal in the creative writing processes of Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Smart and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Phd)--University of Toronto, 1990.

Huang, Ching-Yu G. 1990. A comparative study of silence in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Oklahoma State University, 1990.

Hubbard, Marilyn Rae. 1978. Transcending technique Sylvia Plath's A̲r̲i̲e̲l̲. Thesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, November, 1978. Department of English.

Hubbard, Stacy Carson. 1990. "Slender accents" voice, figure and form in the poetry of Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Plath and Gwendolyn Brooks. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Cornell University, 1989.

Hubble, Judy K. 1973. Sylvia Plath woman as artist. Thesis (M.A.)--Arkansas State University, 1973.

Huffstetler, Ashley. 1999. Betty Friedan, Anne Moody, and Sylvia Plath extraordinary women in a conventional time. Honors essay: Curriculum in American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999.

Huth, Ronald Patrick. 1987. Invasion and isolation in Sylvia Plath's short fiction. Thesis (M.A.)--Ohio State University, 1987.

Iglesias, Raquel García. 2004. "The magic mirror" reading Sylvia Plath's early poems as poetry of the fantastic. Thesis (M.A.)--Indiana University.

Jack, Rodney. 1999. Intertwined a collection of poems. Thesis (M.F.A.)--Warren Wilson College.

James, Sarah Ann. 2005. Creativity and control: A comparative study of Sylvia Plath and Manuel Puig. M.A. diss., Wayne State University.

Jennings, Edison. 1998. Sun and the absence thereof a collection of poems. Thesis (M.F.A.)--Warren Wilson College.

Jewell, James C., and Sylvia Plath. 1968. Analysis and adaptation of the life and selected works of Sylvia Plath for Readers Theatre. Contribution to the School of Graduate Studies, Indiana State University, no. 918. Thesis (M.A.)--Indiana State University.

Johnson, Mark. 2004. Sylvia Plath Yeat's influence and Bloom's Theory of Poetic Anxiety. Thesis (M.A.) -- Winona State University.

Johnston, Maria. 2007. 'Echoes Traveling / Off from the Center': Contemporary Poetic Engagements with the Poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Trinity College Dublin.

Jones, Eric Haris. 1973. The woman as hero Db a study of the poetry and fiction of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.), Dept. of Literature -- University of Essex.

Karcher, Joy Halcomb. 1980. A rhetorical situation analysis of the suicide poems of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Thesis (M.A.)--Miami University, Department of Communication and Theatre.

Kendig, Diane. 1977. "The moon is my mother" a study of moon imagery in the work of Sylvia Plath. [Cleveland]: Kendig.

Keng, Chua Siew. 1981. Some women poets of the sixties the 'confessional' poetry of Janet Frame, Fleur Adcock, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Thesis (doctoral)--University of Auckland.

Kerns, Perrin Maurine. 1998. War and the politics of the pre-Oedipal love and abjection in H.D. and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Oregon.

Knobel, Paul Ernest. 1977. The theme of death in "The Waste Land" and in the poetry of Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, and Ted Hughes, 1957-1973. M.A. diss., University of Sydney (Australia).

Knutsen, Kimberly Dawn. 2005. The lost journals of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Western Michigan University, 2005.

Kramer, Roberta. 1975. The poetry is its own proof the achievement of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.) Queens College. Department of English.

Kroll, Judith. 1976. Chapters in a mythology: The poetic visions of Sylvia Plath. Ph.D. diss., Yale University.

La Mattery, Mary. 1974. The knowledge of madness in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--San Francisco State University.

Last, Amy Denise. 1998. Masks of refusal para-femininity and the mythopoesis of Sylvia Plath and Cindy Sherman. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Lattam, Martha W. 1973. Sylvia Plath her major themes and images. Thesis (M.A.)--Winthrop College.

Lattimore, Carol Ann. 1991. "New ways to see ancestral lands" revisionist myth-making in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Muriel Rukeyser, and Adrienne Rich. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University.

Lay, Joan Marion. 1976. Sylvia Plath and resurrection. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Houston.

LeJeune, Alice Kristine. 1998. From contradiction to convergence Feminist expression in the life and writing of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Leshko-Kaschak, Michelle. 2001. "Dancing the dark turmoil" Ted Hughes and the myth of Sylvia Plath in Birthday letters. Shippensburg, Pa: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Levine, Ellen. 1974. From water to land; the poetry of Sylvia Plath, James Wright and W.S. Merwin. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington.

Lewis, Elizabeth. 1986. The other selves a study of Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (B.A. Honors--English)--Bucknell University.

Lindahl-Raittila, Iris. 2002. From victim of the "feminine mystique" to heroine of feminist deconstruction auto/biographical images of Sylvia Plath, 1963-2001. Åbo: Åbo Akademi University Press.

Linton, Ruth McClendon. 1992. Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes the myth and the mirror. Thesis (M.A.)--Southwest Texas State University.

Little, Philippa Susan. 1990. Images of self a study of feminine and feminist subjectivity in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood and Adrienne Rich, 1950-1980. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of London.

Lowe, Carmen Elaine. 2003. The inhuman imagination in twentieth-century poetry: From Robinson Jeffers and D. H. Lawrence to Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Ph.D. diss., Tufts University.

Malmberg, Carole. 1978. "The wall of my skin" a reading of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Denver.

Manners, Marilyn. 1989. Samuel Beckett, Sylvia Plath, Hélène Cixous Reading Woman in the language of Man. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Los Angeles.

Mansbridge, Pamela. 2002. Metaphor, male/female theorists, and the "birth rites" of women the reclamation projects of Sylvia Plath, Anais Nin and Maya Deren. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada.

Markey, Janice. 1988. A new tradition? the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Adrienne Rich : a study of feminism and poetry. Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang.

Martin Castillejos, Ana Maria. 1994. A struggle for an identity doubleness in the life and work of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A..)--Michigan State University. Dept. of American Studies, 1994.

Mattsson, M. Michele. 1985. Blossoming death, wilting beauty flower imagery in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Honors degree--Dept. of English, University of Utah.

McAllister, Kelli Anne. 1993. Drama, dream and directive a treatise on the diaries of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf and Anais Nin. Lexington, Ky: [s.n.].

McClintock, Ellery. 1973. A study of the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Wyoming.

McCollum, Nancy Annette. 1972. Images of encapsulation and the persona in the poems of Sylvia Plath.

McCormick, Marjorie J. 1982. A structuralist analysis of the artistic development of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A. in English)--Vanderbilt University.

McGlynn, Mary Kay. 2000. Two Esthers, two Plaths, one discourse using madness to unmask conformity in Sylvia Plath's The bell jar. Paper (M.A.)--North Dakota State University.

McKee, Deborah Leah. 1999. Turning the exhausted well inside out Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich. Thesis (B.A.) Magna Cum Laude--Butler University.

McNay, Richard D. 1986. Sylvia Plath's The bell jar and the problem of critical response. Ottawa: National Library of Canada.

Megna, Jerome F. 1972. The two-world division in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (D. Ed.)--Ball State University.

Melander, Ingrid. 1971. The poetry of Sylvia Plath a study of themes.

Mikuta, Deborah. 1996. The connection between reading and writing in the works of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Master of Liberal Studies)--Rollins College.

Miller, Danielle M. 1998. "Dawn poems written in blood" Sylvia Plath's redefining and search of the self--breaking through societal roles. Thesis (M.A.)--Western Illinois University.

Miller, Ellen. 2003. Releasing philosophy, thinking art a bodily hermeneutic of four poems by Sylvia Plath. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada.

Millsaps, Peggy. 1984. I am the arrow voice and vision in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Undergraduate)--Maryville College.

Mitchell, Susan Elizabeth. 1974. Psychological structure in poems by Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Washington State University.

Mitchell, Susan K. 1989. "The hanging [wo]man" the reader in Sylvia Plath's "Ariel". Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Tech University.

Moore, Jayme E. 1989. The significance of mouth imagery in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Ball State University.

Morfee, Julie Elizabeth. 2004. Witnesses in exile landscape, body and text in the works of César Vallejo, Alfonsina Storni, Sylvia Plath and Christopher Nolan. Thesis (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature)--University of California, Berkeley.

Morrissey, Jill S. 1992. Defiance and punishment Sylvia Plath vs. patriarchal culture. Thesis (M.A.--English)--Bucknell University.

Mosesso, Angela Mary. 1984. The shedding of old skin Virginia Woolf's influence on Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--San Francisco State University.

Muckleroy, Mark Wesley. 1999. No glazing the vision of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of New Mexico.

Muir, C. Ann. 1972. The poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Dalhousie University.

Musher, Andrea Susan. 1989. Vital connection the poetics of maternal affiliation in Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Lucille Clifton and Judy Grahn. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison.

Nadazdin, Sandra. 2005. Hunters in the snow a collection of poems. Thesis (M.F.A.)--Warren Wilson College.

Narbeshuber, Lisa. 1999. Re-casting Sylvia Plath plath's poetry as cultural confession. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada.

Nguyen, Thanh Binh. 1974. A stylistic analysis of Sylvia Plath's poetic semantics. Thesis (M.A.)--University of California, Davis.

Noble, Ronda. 1977. The rise to consciousness of Sylvia Plath's death wish. Thesis (M. Eng.)--Cleveland State University.

Norby, KrisAnn. 2005. Exploring the double duality in narration and character in Sylvia Plath's The bell jar. Paper (M.A.)--North Dakota State University, 2005.

Northouse, Cameron G. 1972. Patterns in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Denise Levertov and Howard Nemerov. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1972.

Norton, Holly L. 1996. Sharpening the axe the development of voice in the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Bowling Green State University, 1996.

Orbaugh, Tonya Wertz. 1994. Trouble with Daddy confronting the fathers in the poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1994.

Owen, Beverly. 1969. The art of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--City College of New York, 1969. (Department of English).

Owen, Wendy. 1988. "A riddle in nine syllables" female creativity in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Yale University, 1985.

Park, Jooyoung. 2001. The feminine aesthetic of sublimation in Emily Dickinson and Slyvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--State University of New York at Buffalo, 2001.

Parmet, Harriet Abbey Leibowitz. 1997. The terror of our days Sylvia Plath, William Heyen, Gerald Stern, and Jerome Rothenberg poetically respond to the Holocaust. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Lehigh University, 1997.

Pasch, Susy Lee. 1973. Sylvia Plath woman as "hero.". Thesis (B.A.)--Tulane University, May 1973.

Patterson, Rena. 1981. Sylvia Plath a study of her life and art. Thesis (Ph. D.)--State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978.

Payne, Susanne S. 1991. Sylvia Plath's Ariel poems: the persona's search for control and security. Thesis (M.A.)--Mississippi State University. Department of English.

Peontek, Louana L. 1974. Stone imagery in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Eastern Illinois University, 1974.

Perry, Joan Ellen. 1981. Visions of reality values and perspectives in the prose of Carlos Castañeda, Robert M. Prisig, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Purdy, Cyrus Colter, and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976.

Perry, Michelle Louise. 1997. Mastery and manipulation Sylvia Plath's prose revision of her life. Ottawa: National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada.

Peterson, Raileen L. 1982. An examination of the twelve poems deleted from Sylvia Plath's original design for the Ariel collection. Thesis (M.A.)--Ball State University, 1982.

Petzak, Nick. 1996. How they met themselves Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and Heather McHugh writing the mirror. Thesis (M.A.)--Arizona State University, 1996.

Pioter, Jill M. 2002. (False) portrait of the artist as a woman: Editorial strategy in the diaries of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. M.A. diss., The University of Arizona, 2002.

Polito, Carmella Marie. 1983. "Her Final Takeoff": The artistic purpose of rose imagery in Sylvia Plath's poetry. California, Pa: [California State College].

Potter, Eric Abner. 1997. "A sense of possibilities" metaphor and moral imagination in the poetry of Lowell, Plath, Wright, and Bishop (Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, James Wright, Elizabeth Bishop). Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Virginia, 1997.

Poust, Jenny. 2005. Creative minds erased by suicide ; examining the lives and works of Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain. Academic Thesis. (M.A.)--Penn State Harrisburg.

Powers, Gail. 1973. The functions of humor in the poetry of Sylvia Plath.Thesis (M.A.)--Cleveland State University.

Pragatwutisarn, Chutima. 1993. The mystical journey in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (M.A.)--Iowa State University, 1993.

Priddy, Anna Lynn. 2001. Girls who would be gods the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2001.

Queenan, Deborah Clark. 1980. Sylvia Plath's poetry as artifact two-dimensionality and effects. Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1980.

Quinn, Corina Susan. 2001. Trapped in a bell jar the relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Thesis (B.A.)--James Madison University, 2001.

Richards-Winkler, Michelle. 2003. Sylvia Plath the cauldron of mourning. Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2003.

Rinaman, Cynthia L. 1982. Black fingers, bright mouths the tree and flower poems of Sylvia Plath.

Robitaille Bédard, Hélène. 1991. Colour imagery in a selection of Sylvia Plath's poems. Nogent-sur-Marne: Centre technique forestier tropical, Département du Cirad.

Rocha, Melissa. 2003. The most hopeless case Sylvia Plath and the self-erasure of the female hysteric. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Stanislaus, 2003.

Rodriguez, Anadelia. 1978. An investigation of Sylvia Plath's patterns of paradox in Ariel. Thesis (M.A.)--Pan American University, 1978.

Rodriguez, James L. 1999. The woman is perfected the feminist movement's debate over Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Central Michigan University, 1999.

Roe, Christopher Wayne. 1988. The tree of life and the tree of life--Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Ball State University, 1988.

Roodhouse, Elizabeth Anne. 2006. Re-writing the Plath myth Sylvia Plath and the cult of celebrity in print publication. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Virginia, 2006.

Rosenblatt, Jon M. 1975. The poetic development of Sylvia Plath a study in theme and image. Thèse (Ph.D.) - University of North Carolina, 1975.

Rosenstein, Harriet Cecile. 1973. Sylvia Plath: 1932-1952. Ph.D. diss., Brandeis University, 1973.

Rudder, Randy Wayne. 1989. Birth imagery in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Tennessee State University.

Russman, Christel C. 2004. Imprisonment and escape in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (M.A.)--Central Connecticut State University, 2004.

Ryan, Sabeth T. 1997. Female corporeality and the development of poetic subjectivity in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.--English)--Bucknell University, 1997.

Saldivar, Toni. 1990. Sylvia Plath and the fictive self of confession. Thesis (Ph.D.)--New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1990.

Salop, Lynne. 1973. Creativity and suicide: a study of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (MA - Communication) - Fairfield University.

Sanazaro, Leonard R. 1979. A disturbance in the mirror a study of the religious perspective in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Nevada, Reno.

Sand, Kendall Michele. 2004. Writing the shadow subversive language in the works of Sylvia Plath and Alejandra Pizarnik. Thesis (Honors)--University of Oregon, 2004.

Sarot, Ellin. 1979. Snared in an evil time responses to war in the work of W.B. Yeats, Wilfred Owen, and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University, 1979.

Scarborough, Margaret Noel. 1978. Songs of Eleusis the quest for self in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Ann Sexton and Adrienne Rich. Thesis--University of Washington.

Schaffer, Amanda Bess. 1995. Patients and poets the use of psychiatric treatment in poetry and artistic self-fashioning : Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Thesis (A.B., Honors in History and Science)--Harvard University, 1995.

Schemanske, Mark G. 1992. A hex on the cradle and death in the pot a Kristevan analysis of the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Georgia, 1992.

Schroeder, Kathleen Herrick. 1987. The woman is perfected a reader-response approach to Sylvia Plath's Ariel. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, San Bernardino, 1987.

Shaffer, Amy Marie. 1999. The woman is perfected representations of women in Sylvia Plath's prose. Honors essay: Dept. of English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999.

Shaughnessy, Nicola. 1995. The dramatic writings of Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, 1913-1962 theatres of identity. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of York, 1995.

Siemes, Mary H. 1999. Multiplicity and paradox in the life and work of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Adelphi University, 1999.

Sims, Mary Jane. 1984. The sacred and the profane in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A. in English)--University of California, Berkeley, May 1984.

Sindt, Christopher Jon. 2000. The poetics of biophilia natural object relations in the work of D.H. Lawrence, Theodore Roethke, and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Davis, 2000.

Sivan, Sanju. 1997. A setting of Sylvia Plath's "Crossing the Water" for wind quintet and mezzo soprano. M.Mus. diss., The University of Western Ontario (Canada), 1997.

Smith, Suzanne Elizabeth. 1998. Serious daring Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Boston College, 1998.

Snively, Susan. 1981. The language of necessity the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Boston University, 1976.

Soha, Laurie. 1995. The doubled "I" in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Arizona State University, 1995.

SoJourner, Holly Mims. 1976. Violence and vulnerability in the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Thesis (M.A.)--University of South Carolina.

Soutter, Jennifer. 1989. Archetypal elements in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Durham, 1989.

Spalding, Emma Catherine, and Adrian Mitchell. 1972. Three studies in poetry Andrew Marvell; Adrian Mitchell; Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Pennsylvania State University.

Spillane, Pat. 1971. Inhabited by a cry a thematic study of Sylvia Plath's Ariel : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in English at Massey University. Thesis (M.A.)--Massey University, 1971.

St. Germain, Sheryl Ann. 1981. Death and the self fear imagery in the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath and Galway Kinnell. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Texas at Dallas, 1981.

Stainton, Rita Tomasallo. 1981. The magician's girl power and vulnerability in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, 1975.

Stephenson, Sarah Kate. 2001. The disquieting muse childhood and the work of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Virginia, 2001.

Stone, Carole. 1976. Sylvia Plath's spiritual quest. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Fordham University, 1976.

Storey, Jill. 1977. The influence of Aurelia Plath on Sylvia Plath an interpretative biography. Amherst, Mass: [s.n.].

Strangeways, Alison Louise. 1995. Sylvia Plath poetry and influence. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of the West of England at Bristol, 1995.

Strauss, Lauren. 1987. Sylvia Plath the sounds of silence. Senior honors Thesis--Brandeis University.

Stromme, Mary Sydney. 2003. Re-presentations of motherhood in the writings of Tillie Olsen and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Iowa State University, 2003.

Sugarman, Helen Lynne. 2000. "A secret! A secret!" Confession and autobiography in the poetry of Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2000.

Svensson, Anna Kye. 2000. Negotiating lands and languages a reading of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--California State University, Northridge, 2000.

Swaney, Deborah. 1990. True confessions: the absolution of Sylvia Plath's Poetry. Thesis (M.A.)--California University of Pennsylvania, 1990.

Swiggart, Katherine Anne. 2001. Extreme measures exaggeration in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Anthony Hecht, Frank Bidart, and John Ashbery. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Los Angeles, 2001.

Swinburn, Lisa Jane Mackenzie. 1989. Symbolism in Sylvia Plath's The bell jar the magical threads of the baby : a dissertation completed in accordance with the requirements for the Post Graduate Diploma of English, University of Otago, Dunedin. Thesis (Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects)--University of Otago, 1989.

Talbot, Mary Patricia. 1988. The poetry of Sylvia Plath a critical revision. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Brown University, 1988

Tama, Mary Carrol. 1972. R.D. Laing's patterns of anxiety in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--California State College.

Tenney, Glory A. 1979. Modern woman through poetry as seen through the eyes of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Adrienne Rich. Thesis--University of North Dakota.

Thomas, Darlene M. 1973. Ariel and the Wodwo a study of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Thesis (M.A.)--Radford College, 1973.

Thomas, Jane C. Lloyd. 1977. Feminism in the writings of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--York University, 1977.

Thompson, Cherie A. 1993. "I am your opus" constructions of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Maryland at College Park, 1993.

Tripp, Anna. 1994. The death of the author Sylvia Plath and the poetry of resistance. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wales. Cardiff, 1994.

Trupia, Lillian. 1998. The poetry of Sylvia Plath, a foreshadowing of what was to come? Thesis (B.A)--St. Francis College, 1998.

Turro, Elizabeth. 2003. Sylvia Plath an exploration in negative vitalism. Thesis (B.A)--St. Francis College, 2003.

Valvo, Carolann. 1994. The struggle within the "lives" and "deaths" of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (B.A)--St. Francis College, 1994.

Van Zandt, Cassandra A. 2004. Ghost writing the transformation of elegiac literature in H.D., Sylvia Plath, and Sharon Olds. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Riverside, 2004.

Verrone, Rosalia. 1969. The search for self stylistic development in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (M.A.--English)--Catholic University of America, 1969.

Volpp, Solphie Ann Justina. 1985. Women's space, women's time the confessional poetry of Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (A.B., Honors)--Harvard University, 1985.

Waite, Cheralea A. 1974. A developmental study of the art of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--McMaster University, 1974.

Walsh, Aimée Anne. 1993. Sylvia Plath the masks and mirrors of a woman poet. Thesis (M.A. in English)--University of San Diego, 1993.

Webb, Luisa Maria. 2003. The golden lotus: The literary celebrity of Sylvia Plath. Ph.D. diss., University of New South Wales (Australia), 2003.

Wegs, Joyce Markert. 1973. The grotesque in some American novels of the nineteen-sixties Ken Kesey, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1973.

Wheeler, Sharon Marie. 1977. Self, other and nothingness color in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A. in English)--University of California, Berkeley, June 1977.

Willcockson, Sharon Godbey. 1990. Sylvia Plath a study of the Journals and the poetry in Ariel in relation to three specific themes found throughout. Thesis (M.A.)--Angelo State University, 1990.

Williams, Autumn. 2003. Love, violence, and creation modernist mediums of transcendence in Sylvia Plath's poetry and prose. Thesis (M.A.), Eastern Illinois University, 2003.

Williams, Jay Robert. 1976. Three postwar American poets W.D. Snodgrass, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Lowell. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Oregon, 1976.

Willis, Mary. 1972. Control of confession in the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--University of New Brunswick, 1972.

Wilson, Kathryn Gayle. 1992. Madness, anger and rebirth in the poetry of Adrienne Rich and Sylvia Plath. Thesis (M.A.)--Clark University, 1992.

Windsheimer, Marci L. 1991. Secrets of the female heart definitions of women in the poems of Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath. Award in Literature 1991 - Colorado College.

Wong, Hiu-wing. 2001. The representation of feminine fear in Sylvia Plath's poetry. Thesis (M. Phil.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2001.

Woolf, Caroline M. 2002. The subversion of Emily Dickinson's and Sylvia Plath's poetry through posthumous editing. Thesis (M.A.)--New Mexico State University, 2002.

Work, K. L. 1984. "Neither a women ... nor a man" the conflict between nature and intellect in Sylvia Plath's "Three Women". Thesis (Honors)--College of William and Mary.

Wright, Nina Wood. 1991. Struggling with God the late poetry of Sylvia Plath.

Wurst, Gayle. 1999. Voice and vision the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Travaux des universités suisses, no 4. Genève: Slatkine.

Yaseen, Nabeel M. 2006. The pathology of literary genre narcissism, neurasthenia and schizophrenia in selected writings of Edith Wharton, Sylvia Plath and Tennessee Williams. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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