09 February 2011

Plath Typed Letter Signed for sale this weekend!

Our friend in poetry and Plath, Jett Whitehead (Poetryjett) just let me know about two Plath items that are at auction this weekend, Sunday 13 February, at Bonham's in San Francisco. The first is a first edition Victoria Lucas Bell Jar in a handsome-looking, though price-clipped dust wrapper (Lot 2212) and the other item is far more rare, a typed-letter signed from Plath to a Miss H dated 23 November 1959 (Lot 2211)

The good folks at Bonhams and supplied very excellent images of both the book and typescript letter. If anyone wants to buy it for me, my birthday is coming up in five short months and I'd be very happy to wait...

I'm not sure how long the links will be valid, so click now!

6 comments :

Peter K Steinberg said...

I haven't checked with Plath archives, but this typed letter signed may be one of the last letters Plath sent from America because she and Ted Hughes moved to England, about three weeks or so later.

As Plath said in her letter, "Lament" was published in the New Orleans Poetry Journal. An image of the cover can be see on my website.

pks

magiciansgirl said...

If we get 15 to 20 people to chip in $1000 each.......

Just digging into The Grief of Influence, which arrived appropriately enough, one day before February 11th - looking forward to the read........ kim

Peter K Steinberg said...

Kim, it's not a bad idea... But I can't see contributing to my own birthday present. Ha ha.

I just finished chapter 10 today and can't wait to dive into the final chapter tomorrow. Clark's book is amazing and I'm really going to enjoy reviewing it.

pks

Anonymous said...

that'd be great to buy!
right today, -sort of celebrating with myself this what it should be a sad day for me,normally i read some Sylvia's poems on 11febr.EVERY YEAR, to myself,loud at home, or some lines from The Bel Jar)but this year,today,i wanted to make something different and i MANAGED to buy The Spoken Word, yes finally i found it one! the bad thing is that i die to listen to it,and instead i must be patient for about 3weeks :(

ah, and by the way as i woke up this morning i found with surprise (a bit creepy but pleasant found) one narcissi(daffodil?am i right?)has born during the night.
i want to take it as a sign.

Alessandra

Anonymous said...

P.S. for you is normal,,so you won't maybe understand my being so surprised; i wanted to explain: you have to know daffodils DO NOT grow/exist in Italy. (due to our warm clima/weather)
That's why i said "i took it as a sign".

Alessandra

Peter K Steinberg said...

Alessandra,

Amazing that a daffodils/narcissus is growing where you live.

Oh, I hope the Spoken Word disc arrives to you swiftly and that you like it.

pks

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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." 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.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • 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.
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (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. 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. 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.

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