This has been an incredible journey. I have learned so much about Sylvia Plath (and Ted Hughes). About their lives and publications, as well as events in Massachusetts, England, and other places. About culture and history. And so much more.
I will give any updates I can on this blog, so for now please no questions regarding publication though I am sure you have many. Thank you all for your patience and support during this project. My efforts were greatly enhanced by my best friends sugar and caffeine. The number of people that contributed to this project and their enthusiasm, support, and information has been extraordinary. Several people went above and beyond the call. You know who you are.
It was a privilege of the highest order to be entrusted by Frieda Hughes with the task of locating, reading, transcribing, and annotating all the known, extant letters written by Sylvia Plath. Every letter found, read, transcribed, and annotated has had you, the reader of Sylvia Plath, in mind. I cannot wait for you to read what this book. I hope this will be a building block for and a significant contribution to Plath scholarship.
Here are some pictures:
|Editing the Index, mind the glare off my de Chirico-esque darning-egg head|
|Folders for each year|
|Photocopies of letters to people Not Named Aurelia Plath|
|Photocopies of letters to Aurelia Plath|
|The letters in open boxes|
|The boxes are closed|
|The letters all printed out, |
next to a 1954 Royal HH typewriter, just like Plath's