We started in Winthrop where we saw Plath's house at 92 Johnson Avenue before carrying on to Deer Island and Point Shirley were we experienced Plath's writings in living color. Armed with the Journals of Sylvia Plath, her Collected Poems, and of course a copy of The Bell Jar, I read selected passages in situ which helped contextualize the real places Plath wrote about in her works. This exercise illustrated how she may have made creative changes after recording them in her journal as she re-wrote them in poetry and prose.
|Water Tower Hill and Yirrel Beach from Deer Island,Winthrop|
|"They always knew it was you."|
Dunst, Mr Sylvia Plath Info, and Fanning at Otto Plath's grave.
|Ladies and the tramp:|
Kahan, Fanning, Steinberg, Friedman, and Dunst.
Then, sadly, I had to drop them back off at their hotel. It was an amazing day. The time went by quickly - a little too quickly as good times often do. But, also, I feel things were paced in such a way that it was not overwhelming. I was really happy that I did not make a complete fool out of myself, and also that I neither cut myself shaving that morning nor drooled or dripped salad dressing down my shirt. Phew! It is the little things... We had lots of great conversations and they asked fantastic questions - but please do not ask about that!
At their hotel, I admit I became a cheesy-fan and asked Kirsten and Dakota to sign the copy of The Bell Jar that I used for this tour.
|Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Faber, 1967.|