01 May 2011

Sylvia Plath Trivia Answers

Thanks to Anonymous for being the only one to respond to the trivia questions. This was my second attempt at this (See the trivia 16 June 2008 and the answers on 29 June 2008) and both were relatively poorly received. Ho hum; seems like the “Did you know...” is a better way to go.

The answers are:

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

D. Read aloud to a dear old blind man.

2. To whom did she write of this activity?

B. Gordon Lameyer

In a letter simply dated "Saturday" Plath asked id he mentioned this activity to him. She reported that she read aloud to the dear old blind man on Monday's.

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

C. $3

In a letter from January 21, 1956 to Gordon Lameyer, Plath recounts her continental excursions, admitting to the loss of funds.

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

D. Gordon Lameyer

In a letter dated simply "Thursday morning" (likely late November or early December 1954), Plath mentioned that her story "In the Mountains" and poem "Circus in Three Rings" had come out in the Smith Review, and does indeed mention "your great title" regarding the poem.


A piece of Plathery said...

Sorry for not replying Peter, I think I would have done badly though. I do like your quizzes!

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Ah, just a busy time for us all here, with the end of the semester, spring weather, and writing! You need to time these contests for the cold winter weather. :-)

panther said...

Poor Gordon Lameyer. Not only did he trail round Europe with Plath, failing repeatedly to get the hint (that their relationship was going nowhere), he many years later wrote a memoir (didn't he ?) that no publisher would take.

Having said that, i recall one or two similarly clingy men in my own misspent youth. . .and they WERE very annoying !

Nancy said...

I, too, apologize for not responding. Down with Migraines and allergies..Yuk!! Oh, excuses, excuses...Windy, Springtime in my town and everything's abloom!

I would not have been able to answer your questions, (they were a little hard for me) but, they were fun and interesting to read...Please don't stop...

I have been immersed in "Eye Rhymes..." and a much needed return to "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath" on my well days.

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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.