14 September 2010

Sylvia Plath Collections: The Review Collection

Sylvia Plath issue of The Review
The archives of the periodical The Review are held by the Northern Illinois University Rare Books and Special Collections Department. As many of us know, the October 1963 issue of The Review featured Plath. In addition to printing nine poems, the Plath issue ran an well-known article by A. Alvarez, which he wrote for a BBC broadcast from July 1963.

The Plath materials located in the archives of The Review can be found in:

Box 1 Folder 9: Typescripts of seven poems by Sylvia Plath ("Daddy", "Lady Lazarus", "Fever 103°", "Nick and the Candlestick", "Brasilia", "Mary's Song", and "Lesbos") and typescripts of A. Alvarez's radio program "The Poetry of Sylvia Plath" (three copies, once of which is a BBC transcript).


Box 6, Folder 67: Letters from Ted Hughes to Ian Hamilton. Aside from certainly being from 1963, the letters are undated.

For more information about this collection, contact the archivist via their website. And click here to view the finding aid.

Northern Illinois University
Rare Books & Special Collections Department
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Our thanks must go to Gina Hodnik for bringing this collection to our attention in her paper “Early Public Representations of Sylvia Plath: An Analysis of the Sylvia Plath issue of The Review” in Plath Profiles 3.

You can find more archival repositories holding Sylvia Plath's papers or papers relating to Sylvia Plath on my website.
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