11 May 2010

Sylvia Plath's Library - Video Post


This is the first Sylvia Plath Info video post. In April, I visited the Mortimer Rare Book Room and took this (poor quality) video of Plath's library. There are two parts. Stay tuned for more video posts in the future, I think.

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This below is the second part. Sorry both go a bit sideways...

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On YouTube, which I'm new too, my user name is sylviaplathinfo.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

This is so cool! Were you allowed o actually pick these books up and thumb through them? I've read of some of these titles in Sylvia's library. I like the fact she had Rimbaud, Sexton's All My Pretty Ones, and I noticed her Baby and Child Care book. Almost being a breath away from her.

Amy

Peter K Steinberg said...

Amy,

Yes, anyone can work with these titles. It's an extraordinary experience.

Cheers
pks

Julia said...

Delightful!

Marion said...

This is brilliant, thankyou! The statue in the first one, was that Plath's?

the feeling lioness said...

Great!
But I am sure she didn't fill her head with too much of all this....She had so much of space in her to create poetry...That means she had vacant space inside her that wasn't polluted by other's trash, but her own ideas beating wildly,and eating only what they can digest...Sylvia was great

VJESCI said...

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/SylviaPlathLibrary

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thank you VJESCI for posting the link to Plath's library on LibraryThing for The Feeling Lionness to consider.

The Feeling Lionness: Quite the opposite of your statement. Plath was an intellectual, a stellar student and was very well read. She didn't frivolously buy books and not read them. On the contrary, she devoured and savoured books, with relish. For example, she loved the Tolkien trilogy. As a student of English, it must be expected that she would be well read. Please consider reviewing the books in her library in the link above.

Marion! That statuette was done in 1996 by Nicholas Dimbleby. You can read about it an article by Ros Wynne-Jones that ran in The Independent in 1997. According to the article the statue was commissioned by Plath's friends Elizabeth Sigmund and Clarissa Roche. I do not believe the full statue was ever built.

Julia, innit?

Cheers
pks

Marion said...

Shame it was never built. Interesting article, thanks for that.

angelictenderbutton said...

<3 it! love it :)

the feeling lioness said...

yeah Peter...naturally you know more about Sylvia....but I personally think she knew which thoughts are to be digested and which thoughts are to be ignored...Because when I read her poetry,they seem to be giving off this aura of tremendous individuality and denial of previous thought process....like a shining monument appearing out of the ground,entirely on its own....such a violent,beautiful and original take on life... This makes me wonder

Anonymous said...

Very cool-thanks a lot for that!

BridgetAnna said...

Oh, how delicious to see her German dictionary!

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