11 February 2009

Sylvia Plath Obituaries

Today is the 46th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's death. While Plath was known in some poetry and literary circles at the time of her death, there were only a few obituaries printed in February 1963. Throughout 1963, however, as her poetry and prose appeared in print, small obituary notices appeared alongside the work.

The following is a list of some of the obituaries and tributes to Plath in the months after her death. If you know of any not listed here, please let me know!

Alvarez, A. "A Poet's Epitaph." The Observer. February 17, 1963: 23.
Alvarez, A. "Sylvia Plath." The Review 9. October 1963: 20-26.
"Contributors." Poetry 102. August 1963: 347.
Hamilton, Ian. “Poetry.” London Magazine New Series 3. July 1963: 54-56.
Hughes, Ted. "Note preceeding ten poems." Encounter 21. October 1963: 45.
Note. The Listener. August 29, 1963: 312.
"'A Poet's Epitaph' Honors the late Sylvia Plath Hughes." The Townsman. March 7, 1963: 3.
Smith Alumnae Quarterly. April 1963: 209.
Starbuck, G. "Spectator Notebook." The Spectator 210. February 22, 1963: 220.
"Sylvia Plath Hughes." The Townsman. February 21, 1963: 4.
"Tragic Death of Young Authoress." Saint Pancras Chronicle. February 22, 1963: 5.

Also in 1963, Critical Quarterly (Spring and Summer), Atlantic Monthly (April), Punch (April 3), The New Statesman (May 3), London Magazine (April and June), Poetry (August), The New Yorker (August 3), The Listener (August 29), and The Observer (February 17, October 6 and November 3), The Review (October), and Encounter (October) printed works by Plath.

Update: For those interested in obituaries that ran on Sylvia Plath, please see my paper "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath" published in Plath Profiles 3 (Summer 2010). At the end of the paper (pages 114-115) I do discuss some obituary notices than ran in the Boston papers in the weeks after her death, and I include a scan of one of them.

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Publications & Acknowledgements

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