08 November 2010

Photographs from Plath's Induction Ceremony

The following photographs were sent from Tristine Skyler of Sylvia Plath's induction in to the Poets Corner at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The first is of Karen Kukil with Susan Plath Winston (Warren Plath's daughter). They are standing by the plaque. The second picture is of the plaque with the quote "This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary", which is beautiful first line of "The Moon and the Yew Tree."

Update 12:39 pm, 8 November:

Jessica Ferri covered the event and has a post on the New Yorker's blog about it. Read "The American Poets’ Corner Inducts Sylvia Plath" here.


Anonymous said...

From the time it was announced until now, we have not heard ONE word from Frieda about this induction. Weird. I would think she would write a little article somewhere. It saddens me that there hasn't been anything. I hope she is just as happy about this induction as she is her father's.


Kristina Zimbakova said...

Honestly, I expected Frieda to be there too. It's wonderful that Plath's niece was there, and thanks for the photo! And this audacious ignoring of the event by media is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

Frieda has been like way silent - not even a peep - regarding "Last Letter".

She was probably invited to the Induction, right? She must have had her reasons for not attending.

Normally one sees those dates separated by a dash on a headstone: this gives one the idea of what Plath's headstone in Heptonstall would look like. It all centres up pretty nicely, no?

Anonymous said...

Ferri is inconsistent; seems hasty. I want to like her writing, but it's just blah. Could've been better.

"Just before she died" makes it sound like this was the last thing she wrote, rather than something that was written months before...

The recording played was likely the British Council recording with Peter Orr. This was not a BBC recording as Peter pointed in earlier this year.

Most importantly, there is no line break in "This is the light of the mind, cold an planetary." There is a comma, though.

Still, great to see it covered somewhere else other than Peter's blog.


Julia said...

I feel like this is the headstone Sylvia should have had.

RE: Frieda, she is the message of the yew tree, no? "--blackness and silence."

panther said...

Perhaps what Frieda Hughes didn't want is lots of press attention focussed on HER. We know that some sections of the press are not exactly known for their tactfulness, don't we ? Not only is she the daughter of very famous poets (who people tend to get polarized about), she has also suffered the loss of her brother in tragic circumstances in the recent past.

I don't KNOW, because I don't know Frieda Hughes. But maybe this is why she wasn't there ?

It looks like a beautiful and happy occasion.

Julia said...

Nicely pointed out, Panther. Sometimes we lose sight of the real feelings.

Anonymous said...

Decent point Panther but Frieda's not really that much of a celebrity. There would have been the option to attend, show support & request to be left alone by the media (that didn't show up anyway)!

Her behaviour in the past about her mother & her mother's side of the family suggests this was not a priority for her (bet she's at Westminster Abbey for Daddy!).

Absolute silence is worst than words...

Arlaina said...

I was there and it was an intense night. I wanted to do all kinds of networking for my upcoming YA Book, AND THEN THINGS FALL APART, which is about a girl who gets through the worst summer of her life by finding solace in The Bell Jar. But it was a somber event and I was very moved by the whole thing. I think it was the first time I thought of Plath as a flesh and blood person and not just a voice. It was great. I should have chatted more with the Plathians. I am one of you too!

panther said...

Anonymous, I daresay she would be at the Hughes event, yes. (Has it happened already, I wonder ?) . .I get the impression she's very conflicted about her parents and their lives. . .and that's not surprising.

Ted was the only parent she can remember I think it's worth pointing this out.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that Frieda gets in trouble with some part of the public whether she attends or not. When she writes articles, she tends to get criticized for seeking the attention of the public that she so often derides. So it may be that she has decided that remaining out of the public eye is best. I don't blame her.
--Jim Long

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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 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, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • 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: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017.
  • 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. 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, Volume 1, 1940-1956. 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. "'A Fetish: Somehow': A Sylvia Plath Bookmark." Court Green 13. 2017.
  • 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. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • 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. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "The Persistence of Plath." Fine Books & Collections. Autumn 2017: 24-29
  • 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. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.