Today, on the 78th birthday of Sylvia Plath, Plath Profiles publishes a special supplement to Volume 3. For those of you that read Emily Banas’ press release on 11 October, this comes as no surprise.
The special issue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the publication of Plath’s Unabridged Journals, edited by Karen V. Kukil of Smith College. The issue is also serves to acknowledge, celebrate, and honor not only the work Karen did on the Journals, but also all that she had done for Sylvia Plath scholarship and researchers in her capacity as both Associate Curator of Rare Books and the scholarly supervisor of the Sylvia Plath Collection at the Moritmer Rare Book Room.
I have known Karen since May 1998, when I made my first visit to the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Karen made me feel far more welcome than I believe I deserved to be! In the 12 years since that first research trip, I’ve made numerous return visits to Smith; I simply cannot get enough! Karen is a mentor and an inspiration. Her maiden name Valuckas is even strangely similar to Plath’s pseudonym: Victoria Lucas. We all like Plathian connections and none seems as coincidental and appropriate as this.
Each of the contributors to this supplement were asked to do one simple thing: to write an essay on any aspect of the Journals. In doing so, we have an amazing assortment of approaches to this tome, and it shows how Plath scholars read, teach, and work with the the book. The two essays by Karen Kukil and Kate Moses are fuller, unedited versions of previously published material.
The contents of the issue are:
"This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath" by Peter K. Steinberg
"Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath" by Karen V. Kukil
"The Real Sylvia Plath" by Kate Moses
"The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath: Ten Years On" by Luke Ferretter
"Virtually There In Boston" by Gail Crowther
"Reading the Paratexts of Plath’s Unabridged Journals" by Anita Helle
"Learning from Students" by Dianne M. Hunter
"Sylvia Plath on Charing Cross Road" by Amanda Golden
"'Books & Babies & Beef Stews': The Culinary Passion of Sylvia Plath" by Jessica Ferri
"Hidden in Plain Sight: On Sylvia Plath's Missing Journals" by David Trinidad
We also feature two advertisements: one for Heather Clark’s forthcoming (November 2010) The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and the other for the British Library’s The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath.
Read the issue!
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.
- 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.
- Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
- Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (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. 2000. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books. (Acknowledged in)
- 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.
- "Banking on his passion for Plath" by Melissa Davis Haller. UMW Today. Spring 2005.
- "Sylvia Plath's Three Women to be staged in London" by Alison Flood. The Guardian. 3 December 2008.
- "FBI files on Sylvia Plath's father shed new light on poet" by Dalya Alberge. The Guardian. 17 August 2012.
- "There Are Almost No Obituaries for Sylvia Plath" by Ashley Fetters. The Atlantic. 11 February 2013.