01 December 2012

Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth for Sylvia Plath

For the second book in a row, Sylvia Plath features briefly in an Ian McEwan novel. Plath was name-dropped in McEwan's Solar (2010), and in his just published novel Sweet Tooth, she again is mentioned. On page 189, McEwan's protagonist Serena Frome (rhymes with "plume") receives as Christmas gifts hardback books of Sylvia Plath's poetry.

I know it is fiction, but the poetry books Frome received were most likely Crossing the Water and Winter Trees which were published in 1971. Although naturally Ariel and The Colossus were also available at this time in hardback, as well.

It is really amazing what Ian McEwan will do to get mentioned on this blog.


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

I know, right? You'd think he had enough publicity already! ;-)

J.J. said...

That Ian!

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