03 May 2008

Links, reviews, etc. - Week ending 3 May 2008

This is the round-up on goings-on this week!

  • Recently found book titled An homage to Sylvia Plath by Jean Elizabeth Ward on Amazon.com. The book is published by Lulu.com, and came out on 22 February 2008. The price is $22.50 and the ISBN is 143570309X. Books by lulu.com appear to be self-published and/or print-on-demand.

  • Seven Stories Press recently published Live through this: On creativity and self-destruction, edited by Sabrina Chapadjiev. The book features an essay on Sylvia Plath by Daphne Gottlieb. I have it, but have yet to read it. Soon, soon...

  • Beautiful posters and notecards from the Symposium and for sale through the Mortimer Rare Book Room's website.

  • On 24 April, The Smith College Sophian, a Smith College newspaper, also ran a story on the Plath Symposium. Hopefully the link stays active.

  • On Tuesday 29 April, the Boston Globe ran a story on the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium at Smith, highlighting the attendance of Julia Stiles for the purpose of research for the forthcoming Bell Jar adaptation. The article appeared in the City & Region section, page B8 (you sunk my battleship). The text of the article follows:

    Studying up on Sylvia Plath
    "If the movie based on Sylvia Plath's book "The Bell Jar" is bad, it won't be because the star was unprepared. Julia Stiles is doing some serious homework as she prepares to play the tragic heroine of Plath's one and only novel. Over the weekend, the actress attended a symposium at Smith College commemorating the writer's would-be 75th birthday. (Plath, a Smith alum, committed suicide in 1963 at the age of 30.) We're told Stiles attended every talk of the symposium, taking notes and asking questions of the high-powered panel of Plath scholars. During a discussion with the poet's onetime roommate Marcia Brown Stern, former boyfriend Philip McCurdy, and classmate Elinor Friedman Klein, the actress inquired how the poet "carried herself." In response, McCurdy recalled Plath's "long legs." Stiles, who is producing the movie version of Plath's book, also took a tour of Northampton's Academy of Music Theatre, where, we're told, she may premiere "The Bell Jar." The actress said she'll be back on campus soon to look at a gown once worn by Plath."

5 comments :

Melanie Smith said...

Having a look at all the links. Any news on Wim Van Mierlo's book?

Melanie Smith said...

The homage could be 'interesting', I have ordered it nevertheless.

Hmmm...

Makes me think shades of Sandra Lester and awkward rhymes

Melanie Smith said...

Sorry, found Dr Van Mierlo's post...

Anonymous said...

There's an article on bookslut about reading Plath that you might find interesting: http://www.bookslut.com/features/2008_05_012818.php

Also, I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting excited about Julia Stiles' adaptation! I've always wanted to see a good movie version of TBJ and I'm happy to see that Stiles is putting so much thought and study into her work. I wish more actors would follow suit when prepping for a film.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thank you for posting this link, Anonymous. I added it to my weekly updates for this coming Saturday.

The Bell Jar is long overdue for a new adaption, and like you, I am excited for this. I think I understand what Stiles' & Skyler's vision is for the film, and do greatly anticipate a faithful and artful adaptation.

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