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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