25 November 2010

Read bits of Heather Clark's The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

For Thanksgiving...through Oxford University Press’ web page for Heather Clark’s relatively imminently forthcoming book, The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, you can read the “Introduction” in PDF format. Thank you OUP for giving us this preview of Clark’s eagerly anticipated book.

Also, the book is on Amazon.com too with a Look Inside! feature that is generous. Thank you Amazon.com.

(The cover on Amazon.com is not the same as that which appeared in the recent Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. I totally dig the whole library cover, very gorgeous, but I much prefer the book cover on the advertisement.)

Google Books has it, too. Thank you Google Books.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for these links, Peter. I've read the excerpts and am very much looking forward to the book. Of course, none of this is 'news' to serious readers. But, while Hughes' influence on Plath has been assumed, the influence of her work on Hughes later work has not been discussed enough. --Jim Long

Peter K Steinberg said...

I'm very much looking forward to it too, Jim. I do think Clark will bring a very fresh perspective to this topic, one that will illuminate the two-way influence. I just wish my review copy would hurry up and arrive!!


panther said...

I wonder if this book will ever make it into softback ? I know it's a scholarly text, which means a smaller print-run, which incurs more costs. . . but £50 is quite a lot for one book, however good. It sounds fascinating. Perhaps I'll split the cost of the book with a friend and we can take turns reading it !

Jim, I agree with you. It's always assumed (rightly so) that Hughes influenced Plath but it's high time that the reverse was also stated. I don't think it's a difficult case to make.

Anonymous said...

Hey Panther--
No, it's certainly not a difficult case to make -- especially as it applies to "Birthday Letters", some of which, as Clark comments, are "more confessional than anything Plath ever wrote". --Jim Long

Peter K Steinberg said...

Phew, heard back from Heather & Oxford University Press that the cover displayed on Amazon & Google is some kind of strangely generic created cover and not actually a cover sanctioned by the Press. Might've changed the way we read the book.

Panther, I wonder if you could be able to get the book via interlibrary loan or something? Otherwise, I do think a book-crossing type thing seems a right fine idea.


Melanie said...

Panther, bookdepository.co.uk has it for 39 pounds in hardback and that includes shipping.

I am looking forward to this very much.

panther said...

Thanks, Melanie, it's good to know that. Perish the thought that one of the Plath books which really does sound worth reading and re-reading should be the one I can't afford !

Certainly, Jim, the influence is there in Birthday Letters. But throughout the work, I think, in dribs and snatches. I'm thinking of WODWO, Hughes' first collection after SP's death (it came out in Britain in 1967). Sorry I can't quote from it right now but there is a lot of grief in those poems. His griefs, clearly, but echoes of hers too.

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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.