27 April 2011

I'm Four Years Old

Today Sylvia Plath Info Blog is four years old. In blog years, that is about 80 - which is half as old as Joan Rivers. With that - and I have been thinking about this a long time - I have done a redesign of the blog, which I hope you all like!

Here are some trivia questions for you to consider. The answers will be posted in a few days.

In the fall of 1954, during the first semester of her senior year at Smith College, which charitable activity did Sylvia Plath do?

A. Pick up trash on Green Street
B. Tutor extraterrestrial creatures in the theory of haiku
C. Hold open church doors Sunday’s
D. Read aloud to a dear old blind man
E. Fly kites on behalf of handicap children
F. Grade freshwomen German assignments
G. Plant excitable tulips
H. Assist the college librarian in tracking down overdue books
I. Help police and boy scouts search for missing 20 year olds
J. Skim Paradise Pond of algae
K. Crochet blankets for cold local grandmothers
L. Start a petition to force Smith to go co-ed
M. Give blood
N. None of the above, she was too selfish

To whom did she write of this activity?

A. Mike Lotz
B. Gordon Lameyer
C. Richard Sassoon
D. Her mother
E. Ann Davidow
F. Adlai Stevenson

How much money did Sylvia Plath lose playing roulette in Monte Carlo during her winter break from Cambridge in December 1955/January 1956?

A. $1
B. $2
C. $3
D. $4

Who did Sylvia Plath credit in a letter for the title of her poem “Circus in Three Rings”?

A. John Hodges
B. Nancy Hunter
C. Edward Weeks
D. Gordon Lameyer

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Keep up the adequate work.

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th blogday! You have provided so much in these 4 years Peter. This is a place for us Plathites, Plathophiles, Plathnerds to connect, discover and revel. The new look is wonderful too, fresh, bright and fabulously readable! You can be a raucous, energetic 4 with my son Alex. I must go and think before I answer the quiz...

-Melanie Smith

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th Blogging Birthday Peter - you're doing an amazing job. Really like the new design too!
gail

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thank you Gail and Melanie! It means a lot to know you still come back to the blog! Let's keep on Plathing, shall we?

pks

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th Birthday!!
~VC

Anonymous said...

Joan Rivers is a year younger than Plath would be.

Anonymous said...

Great new graphic!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: this isn't terribly important, but I suspect Peter was making a joke about how bad Joan Rivers looks.

Cannot wait to know the answers to the quiz. I think the answer to the first question is H. Then for 2 I think it is E. I think Plath was frugal and so 3 could be B. And the fourth I think is C because wasn't Weeks editor at The Atlantic?

magiciansgirl said...

Happy birthday, old friend! I think the re-design looks great! I can't tell if that first comment by an "anonymous" poster is meant to be droll and funny or if it's just someone being an asshole.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thanks ~VC!

Yes, I was going for humor there about Joan Rivers; and I'm sorry your answers were close, but incorrect.

Kimberlalapalooza! Thanks! Well, I think the first comment was written with droll and funny in mind considering I wrote it. This morning I was made aware of an issue or bug with the comments feature. So, I tried to leave one, thinking it wouldn't take...but it did.

pks

magiciansgirl said...

Peterkins - that's hilarious! OK, you're not an asshole, so yes, must be drollery :-)

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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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