29 November 2007

Sylvia Plath event: ICA London on 3 December

THE INSTITUTE of Contemporary Arts’ (ICA) Talks Programme for December begins on Monday, December 3 with Sylvia Plath Revisited.

In the light of the recent publication of Eye Rhymes, a book of largely unseen paintings and sketches by Sylvia Plath and new essays by Plath scholars, this evening revisits the great poet’s life and work, focusing on the relationship between the visual and verbal.

Poet Adam O’Riordan will be joining rapper and star of Michael Winterbottom’s documentary The Road to Guantanamo, Rizwan Ahmed; National Theatre multimedia designer, Mark Grimmer; and award-winning playwright and actor, Elisabeth Gray.

The talk will be preceeded by a specially commissioned series of responses to Plath in song, animation, and film.

Sylvia Plath Revisited, which will be held in the Nash room at 7pm, will be chaired by Sally Bayley of Jesus College, Oxford.

Tickets: £10, £9 concessions, £8 members.

27 November 2007

Updated at last!

My web site for Sylvia Plath (www.sylviaplath.info) is in the process of being updated. Please be patient as new pages, content, images, etc. are posted to the site.

26 November 2007

Bibliography of works about Sylvia Plath

Bibliography of books about Sylvia Plath

Ackerman, Diane, and Enid Mark. 1996. About Sylvia. Wallingford, Pa: ELM Press.

Agarwal, Suman. 2003. Sylvia Plath. New Delhi: Northern Book Centre.

Aird, Eileen M. 1973. Sylvia Plath. New York: Barnes & Noble Books.

Alexander, Paul. 1985. Ariel ascending writings about Sylvia Plath. New York: Harper & Row.

Alexander, Paul. 1991. Rough magic a biography of Sylvia Plath. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Viking.

Alvarez, A. 1972. The savage god; a study of suicide. New York: Random House.

Annas, Pamela J. 1988. A disturbance in mirrors the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Contributions in women's studies, no. 89. New York: Greenwood Press.

Anderson, Robert. 2005. Little fugue. New York: Ballantine Books.

Axelrod, Steven Gould. 1990. Sylvia Plath the wound and the cure of words. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bassnett, Susan. 2005. Sylvia Plath an introduction to the poetry. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Becker, Jillian. 2002. Giving up the last days of Sylvia Plath. London: Ferrington.

Becker, Jillian. 2003. Giving up the last days of Sylvia Plath. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Biography: Sylvia Plath. 2005. New York: A & E Television Networks.

Birkle, Carmen. 1996. Women's stories of the looking glass autobiographical reflections and self-representations in the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, and Audre Lorde. American studies, v. 72. München: W. Fink.

Bloom, Harold. 1989. Sylvia Plath. Modern critical views. New York: Chelsea House Publishers.

Bloom, Harold. 2001. Sylvia Plath. Broomhall, Pa: Chelsea House.

Bloom, Harold. 2007. Sylvia Plath. Bloom's modern critical views. New York: Bloom's Literary Criticism.

Blosser, Silvianne. 2001. A poetics on edge the poetry and prose of Sylvia Plath : a study of Sylvia Plath's poetic and poetological developments. Bern: Peter Lang.

Brain, Tracy. 2001. The other Sylvia Plath. Longman studies in twentieth-century literature. Harlow, England: Longman.

Brennan, Claire. 1999. The poetry of Sylvia Plath. Duxford: Icon.

Brennan, Claire. 2001. The poetry of Sylvia Plath. Columbia critical guides. New York: Columbia University Press.

Britzolakis, Christina. 1999. Sylvia Plath and the theatre of mourning. Oxford English monographs. Oxford [England]: Clarendon Press.

Broe, Mary Lynn. 1980. Protean poetic the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.

Bronfen, Elisabeth. 1998. Sylvia Plath. Plymouth, U.K.: Northcote House, in association with the British Council.

Bronfen, Elisabeth. 2004. Sylvia Plath. Tavistock: Northcote House.

Brownlow, John. 2003. Sylvia the shooting script. A Newmarket shooting script series book. New York: Newmarket Press.

Bundtzen, Lynda K. 1983. Plath's incarnations woman and the creative process. Women and culture series. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Bundtzen, Lynda K. 2001. The other Ariel. Amherst, Mass: University of Massachusetts Press.

Bundtzen, Lynda K. 2005. The other Ariel. Stroud: Sutton.

Butler, C. S. 1981. Poetry and the computer some quantitative aspects of the style of Sylvia Plath. London: The British Academy.

Butscher, Edward. 1976. Sylvia Plath, method and madness. New York: Seabury Press.

Butscher, Edward. 1977. Sylvia Plath the woman and the work. New York: Dodd, Mead.

Butscher, Edward. 2003. Sylvia Plath method and madness. Tucson, Ariz: Schaffner Press.

Chapman, Lynne F., and Sylvia Plath. 1994. Sylvia Plath. Mankato, Minn: Creative Education.

Christodoulides, Nephie. 2005. Out of the cradle endlessly rocking motherhood in Sylvia Plath's work. Costerus, new ser., v. 152. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Conarroe, Joel. 1994. Eight American poets Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, James Merrill : an anthology. New York: Random House.

Connell, Elaine. 1993. Sylvia Plath killing the angel in the house. Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire: Pennine Pens.

Connors, Kathleen, and Sally Bayley. 2007. Eye rhymes Sylvia Plath's art of the visual. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Curry, Renée R. 2000. White women writing white H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and whiteness. Contributions in women's studies, no. 175. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Davison, Peter. 1994. The fading smile poets in Boston, 1955-1960 from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath. New York: Knopf.

Decker, Sharon D. 1978. "I have a self to recover" Sylvia Plath's Ariel. Michigan occasional papers in women's studies, no. 7. Ann Arbor, Mich: Women's Studies Program, University of Michigan].

Dickie, Margaret. 1979. Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Draskau, Jennifer. 1991. The liberation of Sylvia Plath's Ariel psychosemantics and a glass sarcophagus. Publications on English themes, v. 15. [Copenhagen]: Dept. of English, University of Copenhagen.

Enniss, Stephen, and Karen V. Kukil. 2005. "No other appetite" Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the blood jet of poetry. New York: Grolier Club.

Forbes, Deborah, and Sylvia Plath. 2002. The bell jar Sylvia Plath. Sparknotes. New York: Spark Pub.

Gekoski, R. A. 2004. Nabokov's butterfly & other stories of great authors and rare books. New York: Carroll & Graf.

Gekoski, R. A. 2004. Tolkien's gown and other stories of great authors and rare books. London: Constable.

Gentry, Deborah S. 1998. The art of dying suicide in the works of Kate Chopin and Sylvia Plath. American university studies, vol. 56. New York: P. Lang.

Gill, Jo. 2006. The Cambridge companion to Sylvia Plath. Cambridge companions to literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Haberkamp, Frederike. 1997. Sylvia Plath the poetics of beekeeping. Salzburg studies in English literature, 192. Salzburg: Salzburg University.

Hall, Caroline King Barnard. 1978. Sylvia Plath. Boston: Twayne Publishers.

Hall, Caroline King Barnard. 1998. Sylvia Plath, revised. Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 702. New York: Twayne Publishers.

Hamilton, Ian. 1994. Keepers of the flame literary estates and the rise of biography from Shakespeare to Plath. Boston: Faber and Faber.

Hargrove, Nancy Duvall. 1994. The journey toward Ariel Sylvia Plath's poems of 1956-1959. Lund studies in English, 85. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Press.

Harrison, DeSales. 2005. The end of the mind the edge of the intelligible in Hardy, Stevens, Larkin, Plath, and Gluck. Literary criticism and cultural theory. New York: Routledge.

Hassett, Marilyn, Julie Harris, Anne Jackson, Barbara Barrie, Robert Klein, Donna Mitchell, Larry Peerce, Andrew Bonime, Anthony LaMarca, and Sylvia Plath. 2005. The bell jar. United States: s.n.].

Hassett, Marilyn, Julie Harris, Anne Jackson, Barbara Barrie, Robert Klein, Donna Mitchell, Marjorie Kellogg, et al. 2002. The bell jar. S.l: New Star Video.

Hawthorn, Jeremy. 1983. Multiple personality and the disintegration of literary character from Oliver Goldsmith to Sylvia Plath. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Hayman, Ronald. 1991. The death and life of Sylvia Plath. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Pub. Group.

Hedberg, Johannes. 1970. Poets of our time English poetry from Yeats to Sylvia Plath. Engelskt kursbibliotek. Stockholm: Almquist & Wiksell.

Heje, Johan, and Sylvia Plath. 1980. Key to Sylvia Plath, The bell jar. [Copenhagen]: Munksgaard.

Helle, Anita Plath. 2007. The unraveling archive essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Hemphill, Stephanie. 2007. Your own, Sylvia a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Holbrook, David. 1976. Sylvia Plath poetry and existence. London: Athlone Press.

Homberger, Eric. 1970. A chronological checklist of the periodical publications of Sylvia Plath. American arts pamphlet, no. 1. Exeter: University of Exeter (American Arts Documentation Centre).

Hughes, Frieda. 2006. Forty-five poems. New York: HarperCollins.

Hughes, Ted, and William Scammell. 1995. Winter pollen occasional prose. New York: Picador USA.

Hughes, Ted. 1998. Birthday letters. London: Faber and Faber.

Hughes, Ted. 1998. Birthday letters. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.

Inness, Jeanne. 1984. The bell jar notes, including life and background, chronology of Plath, introduction to the novel, list of characters, critical commentaries, character analyses, critical essays, essay questions, select bibliography, additional readings. Lincoln, Neb: Cliff's Notes.

Jaidka, Manju. 1992. Confession and beyond the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Chandigarh, India: Arun Pub. House.

Jha, Pashupati. 1991. Sylvia Plath, the fear and fury of her muse. New Delhi: Creative Publishers.

Joseph, Annamma. 1996. Feminism and the modern American poetry with focus on Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Adrienne Rich. New Delhi: Prestige.

Kendall, Tim. 2001. Sylvia Plath a critical study. London: Faber and Faber.

Kirk, Connie Ann. 2004. Sylvia Plath a biography. Greenwood biographies. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Kirsch, Adam. 2005. The wounded surgeon confession and transformation in six American poets : Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Delmore Schwartz, and Sylvia Plath. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Koren, Yehuda, and Eilat Negev. 2006. A lover of unreason the life and tragic death of Assia Wevill. London: Robson Books.

Koren, Yehuda, and Eilat Negev. 2007. Lover of unreason Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's rival and Ted Hughes's doomed love. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers.

Kroll, Judith. 1976. Chapters in a mythology the poetry of Sylvia Plath. New York: Harper & Row.

Kroll, Judith. 2007. Chapters in mythology the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Stroud: Sutton.

Kumar, Virendra. 1988. Sylvia Plath, the poetry of self. New Delhi: Radha Publications.

Kyle, Barry, and Sylvia Plath. 1976. Sylvia Plath, a dramatic portrait. London: Faber.

Kyle, Barry, and Sylvia Plath. 1977. Sylvia Plath, a dramatic portrait. New York: Harper & Row.

Lane, Gary. 1979. Sylvia Plath new views on the poetry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Lane, Gary, and Maria Stevens. 1978. Sylvia Plath a bibliography. The Scarecrow author bibliographies, no. 36. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press.

ehrer, Sylvia. 1985. The dialectics of art and life a portrait of Sylvia Plath as woman and poet. Salzburg studies in English literature, 71. Salzburg, Austria: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universtät Salzburg.

Levy, Patricia, and Tony Buzan. 1999. A guide to poems of Sylvia Plath. Teach yourself literature guides. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Lim, Sandra. 1997. Double-consciousness and the protean self in Sylvia Plath's Ariel. Stanford honors essay in humanities, no. 41. Stanford, Calif: Humanities Honors Program, Stanford University.

Lindahl-Raittila, Iris. 2002. From victim of the 'feminine mystique' to heroine of feminist deconstruction auto/biographical images of Sylvia Plath 1963-2001. Åbo: Åbo Akademis Förlag.

Lindberg-Seyersted, Brita. 2002. Sylvia Plath studies in her poetry and her personality. Novus studies in literature, 3. Oslo: Novus Press.

Macpherson, Patricia. 1983. The Puzzle of Sylvia Plath. Canterbury: University of Kent.

Macpherson, Pat. 1991. Reflecting on The bell jar. London: Routledge.

Majumdar, Keya. 2002. Sylvia Plath the complete poet. New Delhi: Prestige Books.

Malcolm, Janet. 1994. The silent woman Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. New York: A.A. Knopf.

Markey, Janice. 1985. A new tradition? the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Adrienne Rich, a study of feminism and poetry. Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang.

Markey, Janice. 1993. A journey into the red eye the poetry of Sylvia Plath, a critique. London: Women's Press.

Marsack, Robyn. 1992. Sylvia Plath. Open guides to literature. Buckingham [England]: Open University Press.

Matovich, Richard M., and Sylvia Plath. 1986. A concordance to The collected poems of Sylvia Plath. Garland reference library of the humanities, vol. 618. New York: Garland Pub.

Melander, Ingrid. 1972. The poetry of Sylvia Plath; a study of themes. Stockholm: Almquist & Wiksell.

Meyering, Sheryl L. 1990. Sylvia Plath a reference guide, 1973-1988. A Reference guide to literature. Boston, Mass: G.K. Hall.

Middlebrook, Diane Wood. 2003. Her husband Hughes and Plath--a marriage. New York: Viking.

Morrissey, Michael. 1981. She's not the child of Sylvia Plath poems. Christchurch: Sword Press.

Moses, Kate. 2003. Wintering a novel of Sylvia Plath. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Myers, Lucas. 2001. Crow steered bergs appeared a memoir of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Sewanee, Tenn: Proctor's Hall Press.

Newman, Charles. 1970. The art of Sylvia Plath, a symposium. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Nicholl, Charles, and Andrew Motion. 2004. Interrupted lives in literature. London: National Portrait Gallery.

Norris, Pamela. 2006. Words of love passionate women from Heloise to Sylvia Plath. London: HarperPress.

Northouse, Cameron, and Thomas P. Walsh. 1974. Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton a reference guide. Boston: G.K. Hall.

Novak, Robert D. 1983. Sleeping with Sylvia Plath. Windless orchard chapbook. [S.l.]: Windless Orchard.

Orr, Peter. 1966. The poet speaks interviews with contemporary poets conducted by Hilary Morrish, Peter Orr, John Press and Ian Scott-Kilvert. London: Routledge & K. Paul.

Owen, Alison, John Brownlow, Christine Jeffs, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Amira Casar, et al. 2004. Sylvia. Universal City, CA: Universal.

Peel, Robin. 2002. Writing back Sylvia Plath and Cold War politics. Madison [NJ]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Phillips, Robert S. 1973. The confessional poets. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1997. The growth of a poet Sylvia Plath. The master poets collection. Thousand Oaks, CA: Monterey Home Video.

Plath, Sylvia, Edie Falco, and Clare Pollard. 2003. "Superman and Paula Brown's new snowsuit" by Sylvia Plath. [Princeton, N.J.]: Films for the Humanities & Sciences.

Plath, Sylvia, Aurelia Schober Plath, Richard J. Larschan, and Elizabeth Wilda. 2000. Poets of New England. Episode #108, Sylvia Plath and the myth of the monstrous mother. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Plath, Sylvia, Aurelia Schober Plath, Richard J. Larschan, and Elizabeth Wilda. 2000. Poets of New England. Episode #109, Electry-Fying, Sylvia Plath and the myth of the omnipresent/absent father. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Pomeroy, Marnie. 2006. Sylvia Plath. Greenwich Exchange literary series. London: Greenwich Exchange.

Rajani, P. 2000. The poetry of Sylvia Plath. Hyderabad: Orient Longman Ltd.

Rāmakr̥ṣṇan, I. Vi. 1988. Crisis and confession studies in the poetry of Theodore Roethke, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath. Delhi: Chanakya Publications.

Raymond, Claire. 2006. The posthumous voice in women's writing from Mary Shelley to Sylvia Plath. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. 2008. Sylvia Plath The bell jar and poems. New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark.

Richardson, Susan. 2000. Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath Two of me now : a poetic drama. The Bloomsbury heritage series, 25. London: Cecil Woolf.

Rose, Jacqueline. 1992. The haunting of Sylvia Plath. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Rosenblatt, Jon. 1979. Sylvia Plath the poetry of initiation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Rowland, Antony. 2005. Holocaust poetry awkward poetics in the work of Sylvia Plath, Geoffrey Hill, Tony Harrison and Ted Hughes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Rudolf, Anthony, Yves Bonnefoy, Audrey Jones, and Daniel Weissbort. 1995. Theme and version Plath and Ronsard. London: Menard Press.

Saldívar, Toni. 1992. Sylvia Plath confessing the fictive self. Writing about women, vol. 3. New York: Peter Lang.

Salop, Lynne. 1978. Suisong. New York: Vantage Press.

Sambrook, Hana, and Sylvia Plath. 1990. Sylvia Plath selected works. Longman literature guides. London: Longman.

Sarma, M. V. S. 2001. Study of Sylvia Plath and her works. Bareilly [India]: Prakash Book Depot.

Simpson, Louis Aston Marantz. 1978. A revolution in taste studies of Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Lowell. New York: MacMillan.

Singh, Mina Surjit. 2003. Six women poets a cross-cultural study : Emily Dickinson, Sarojini Naidu, Sylvia Plath, Kamala Das Surayya, Adrienne Rich, Mamta Kalia. New Delhi: Prestige Books.

Spurr, Barry. 1992. The poetry of Sylvia Plath. Newtown, N.S.W.: B. Spurr.

Steinberg, Peter K. 2004. Sylvia Plath. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers.

Steiner, Nancy Hunter. 1973. A closer look at Ariel: a memory of Sylvia Plath. New York: Harper's Magazine Press.

Stevenson, Anne. 1989. Bitter fame a life of Sylvia Plath. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Strangeways, Al. 1998. Sylvia Plath the shaping of shadows. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

Swiontkowski, Gale. 2003. Imagining incest Sexton, Plath, Rich, and Olds on life with daddy. Selinsgrove, [Pa.]: Susquehanna University Press.

Tabor, Stephen. 1987. Sylvia Plath an analytical bibliography. Westport, Conn: Meckler Pub. Corp.

Tennant, Emma. 2001. Sylvia and Ted a novel. New York: Henry Holt.

Tennant, Emma. 2001. The ballad of Sylvia and Ted. Edinburgh: Mainstream Pub.

Thomas, Trevor, Ted Hughes, and Trevor Thomas. 1989. Sylvia Plath last encounters. Bedford, England: T. Thomas.

Tytell, John. 1991. Passionate lives D.H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Miller, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath--in love. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Pub. Group.

Van Dyne, Susan R. 1993. Revising life Sylvia Plath's Ariel poems. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Van Mierlo, Wim. 2008. A Sylvia Plath / Ted Hughes chronology. New York : Palgrave.

Vendler, Helen Hennessy. 1987. Voices & visions the poet in America. New York: Random House.

Vendler, Helen Hennessy. 2003. Coming of age as a poet Milton, Keats, Eliot, Plath. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Wagner, Erica. 2000. Ariel's gift a commentary on Birthday letters by Ted Hughes. London: Faber and Faber.

Wagner, Erica. 2001. Ariel's gift Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the story of the Birthday letters. New York: W.W. Norton.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 1984. Critical essays on Sylvia Plath. Critical essays on American literature. Boston, Mass: G.K. Hall.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 1987. Sylvia Plath a biography. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 1988. Sylvia Plath a biography. London: Chatto & Windus.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 1988. Sylvia Plath, the critical heritage. The Critical heritage series. London: Routledge.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 1992. The bell jar, a novel of the fifties. Twayne's masterwork studies, no. 98. New York: Twayne.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 1999. Sylvia Plath--a literary life. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: MacMillan.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. 2008. Sylvia Plath's poetry. London: Continuum.

Walder, Dennis. 1976. Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath. Arts, a third level course : Twentieth century poetry, unit 29. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Warren, Rebecca. 2001. Sylvia Plath selected poems. York notes. Harlow: Longman/York Press.

Wisker, Gina. 2001. Sylvia Plath a beginner's guide. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Wolf, Manfred. 1974. On the death of Sylvia Plath and other poems women's voices from Holland and Flanders. San Francisco: Twowindows Press.

Wood, David John. 1992. A critical study of the birth imagery of Sylvia Plath, American poet, 1932-1963. Lewiston: E. Mellen Press.

Wurst, Gayle. 1999. Voice and vision the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Travaux des universités suisses, no 4. Genève: Slatkine.

22 November 2007

Update: Sylvia Plath website & Ted Hughes links

My website for Sylvia Plath, A celebration, this is, appears to be back online. But, so far without the updates I hoped for this time. They are coming...


There is a long article by Craig Raine in the Times Literary Supplement on Ted Hughes. Read the article here.

Also, Tom Paulin reviews the Letters of Ted Hughes in the London Review of Books.

21 November 2007

Sylviaplath.info is down

For any visitors to my Sylvia Plath website, www.sylviaplath.info, the website is down, and may be down for up to a week. I hope no longer than that. If things go well, however, when the site is back up it will be updated for the first time in over two years!! Something I hope you will enjoy!

19 November 2007

Plath, in Swedish

For any Swedish readers of Sylvia Plath, Symposium panelist Annika J. Hagström (Saturday afternoon session on Images and Viewers of Plath, paper title "Stasis in Darkness: Sylvia Plath as a Fictive Character") recently published this article in the Helsingborgs Dagblad.

17 November 2007

Bibliography of books by Sylvia Plath

What follows is a bibliography of books by Sylvia Plath, including works available commercially and limited editions-including broadsides. I will update this list as I learn about new publications. If you see any gross mistakes, please let me know.

Bibliography of books by Sylvia Plath

Plath, Sylvia. 1960. A winter ship. Edinburgh: Tragara Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1960. The colossus: poems. London: Heinemann.

Plath, Sylvia. 1962. The colossus & other poems. New York: Knopf.

Plath, Sylvia. 1963. The bell jar. London: Heinemann.

Plath, Sylvia. 1964. The bell jar. London: W. Heinemann.

Plath, Sylvia. 1965. Uncollected poems. Turret booklet, no. 2. London: Turret Books.

Plath, Sylvia. 1966. Mirror. Edinburgh: Privately printed at the Tragara Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1965. Ariel. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia. 1966. Ariel. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia. 1966. The bell jar. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia. 1968. Three women: a monologue for three voices. London: Turret Books.

Plath, Sylvia. 1970. Wreath for a bridal. Frensham, Farnham, Surrey: Sceptre Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1970. Among the narcissi. Ashington, Eng: MidNAG.

Plath, Sylvia. 1970. Three women. S.l: s.n.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Brasilia. London: Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Child [poem]. Exeter, [Eng.]: Rougemont Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Crossing the water. London: Faber and Faber Ltd.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Crossing the water: transitional poems. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Crystal gazer and other poems. London: Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Crystal gazer and other poems [specimen sheet]. London: Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Lyonnesse: poems. London: Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Lyonnesse: poems [specimen sheet]. London: Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Million dollar month. Frensham, Farnham, Surrey: Sceptre Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. The bell jar. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia. 1971. Winter trees. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and Matthew Kangas. 1971. The surgeon at 2 a.m. & other poems. Portland, Ore: [s.n.].

Plath, Sylvia. 1972. Winter trees. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia. 1973. Pursuit [prospectus]. London: The Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia, and Leonard Baskin. 1973. Pursuit. [London]: The Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia, and Ralph Steadman. 1974. To Eva descending the stair. [London]: Steam Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1975. Trois poemes inedits. Paris: Edition Dufour.

Plath, Sylvia, and Aurelia Schober Plath. 1975. Letters home correspondence, 1950-1963. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and Aurelia Schober Plath. 1975. Letters home correspondence, 1950-1963. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia, and Emily Arnold McCully. 1976. The bed book. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia, and Quentin Blake. 1976. The bed book. London: Faber.

Plath, Sylvia. 1977. Johnny Panic and the bible of dreams and other prose writings. London: Faber.

Plath, Sylvia. 1977. Sylvia Plath reading her poetry.

Plath, Sylvia. [1977?]. Ariel [and] Morning Song. [s.l.]

Plath, Sylvia. 1979. Johnny Panic and the Bible of dreams short stories, prose, and diary excerpts. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia. 1980. Two poems. Knotting, Bedfordshire: Sceptre Press.

Plath, Sylvia. 1980. Two uncollected poems. London: Anvil.

Plath, Sylvia. 1981. A day in June an uncollected short story. Ely [Cambridgeshire]: Embers Handpress.

Plath, Sylvia, and Leonard Baskin. 1981. Dialogue over a Ouija board a verse dialogue. Cambridge, England: Rainbow Press.

Plath, Sylvia, and Ted Hughes. 1981. Sylvia Plath collected poems. London: Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and Ted Hughes. 1981. The collected poems. New York: Harper & Row.

Plath, Sylvia. 1982. The green rock. Ely [Cambridgeshire]: Embers Handpress.

Plath, Sylvia, and Susan R. Van Dyne. 1982. Stings original drafts of the poem in facsimile, reproduced from the Sylvia Plath Collection at Smith College. Northampton, Mass: Smith College Library Rare Book Room.

Plath, Sylvia, Ted Hughes, and Frances Monson McCullough. 1982. The journals of Sylvia Plath. New York: Dial Press.

Plath, Sylvia, and Barry Moser. 1985. Above the Oxbow selected writings. Northampton [Mass.]: Catawba Press.

Plath, Sylvia, and Ted Hughes. 1985. Sylvia Plath's Selected poems. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia. 1988. Voices & visions. Sylvia Plath. Voices and visions. New York: Mystic Fire Audio.

Plath, Sylvia. 1989. The magic mirror a study of the double in two of Dostoevsky's novels. Rhiwargor, Llanwddyn, Powys [Wales]: Embers Handpress.

Plath, Sylvia. 1992. Sylvia Plath reads. New York: Caedmon.

Plath, Sylvia, and Christina Moore. 1992. The bell jar. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books.

Plath, Sylvia. 1993. Pigeon post. London: Turret Bookshop.

Plath, Sylvia. 1995. Social fantasies. [Buffalo, N.Y.?]: Channel 500.

Plath, Sylvia. 1996. The bell jar. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Plath, Sylvia, and Rotraut Susanne Berner. 1996. The it-doesn't-matter suit. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and Rotraut Susanne Berner. 1996. The it-doesn't-matter suit. New York: St. Martin's Press.

Plath, Sylvia, and Frances McDormand. 1997. The bell jar. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books, Inc.

Plath, Sylvia, and Diane Wood Middlebrook. 1998. Plath poems. Everyman's library pocket poets. New York: Knopf.

Plath, Sylvia, and J. D. McClatchy. 1999. The voice of the poet. [New York, NY]: Random House Audiobooks.

Plath, Sylvia, Fiona Shaw, and Ruth Petrie. 1999. The bell jar. London [etc.]: Penguin.

Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. 2000. The journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. 2000. The unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books.

Plath, Sylvia, and Ted Hughes. 2000. Sylvia Plath poems. London: Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and David Roberts. 2001. Collected children's stories. London: Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, and Ted Hughes. 2004. The Faber Plath poems. London: Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, Frieda Hughes, and David Semanki. 2004. Ariel the restored edition ; a facsimile of Plath's manuscript reinstating her original selection and arrangement. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia, Frieda Hughes, and David Semanki. 2004. Ariel the restored edition ; a facsimile of Plath's manuscript, reinstating her original selection and arrangement. New York: HarperCollins.

Plath, Sylvia. 2005. The bell jar. London: Faber and Faber.

Plath, Sylvia. 2005. The bell jar. New York: Harpercollins.

Plath, Sylvia, Frieda Hughes, and David Semanki. 2005. Ariel the restored edition ; a facsimile of Plath's manuscript, reinstating her original selection and arrangement. New York: Harper Perennial.

Plath, Sylvia. 2006. The bell jar. New York: HarperPerennial.

Plath, Sylvia, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. 2006. The bell jar. New York: Caedmon.

15 November 2007

Collectors congregate at Convention Center

This weekend is the 31st annual Boston Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center (Back Bay; T to Copley or Hynes).

This is the fifth year I'll be going. Typically there are some Sylvia Plath titles; like her copy of The Colossus inscribed to Theodore Roethke, or the typescripts of the Ariel poems (which recently sold to a private collector). I've seen first editions of The Bell Jar, Ariel, and other poetry and prose collections.

One highlight is Jett Whitehead's copy of Ariel, inscribed by Plath’s husband, Ted Hughes, to his friend and collaborator, the Hungarian poet Janos Csokits, in April 1967.

Start your collection, build your collection, or simply come to browse at the beautiful world of antiquarian books.

14 November 2007

Event reminder: Tracy Brain on 20 November

This is an event reminder that on 20 November, 2007, Tracy Brain will give a seminar titled "Representing Sylvia Plath".

Brain spoke on this topic during the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium, impressively weaving into her paper events and "representations" taking place during the conference. With nearly three weeks passing since the end of the Symposium and this talk, the evening promises to be even more informative.

The Programme for the Autumn 2007 term of the MSS: Modern Manuscript Studies Seminar at the Institute of English Studies includes the following event:

Speaker: Tracy Brain (Bath Spa University), "Representing Sylvia Plath"
Date: 20 November 2007
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Room NG14

The event will be held in the Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Tracy Brain is the author of numerous articles on Sylvia Plath, as well as the book, The Other Sylvia Plath (Longman: 2001).

If anyone who reads this blog attends, please feel free to post comments about her talk.

12 November 2007

Extra-curricular Sylvia Plath events at Oxford

The Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium featured several extra-curricular events for delegates and attendees. Each night during the symposium, Elisabeth Gray performed the one woman play Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath. I had the opportunity to see the play Friday night, which featured a lively but curtailed introduction by Dr. Barbara Mossberg, of California State University at Monterrey Bay. The play itself is somewhat reminiscent of Paul Alexander’s Edge, whereas Edge takes place in the last day/night of Plath’s life, Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath takes place in the last ten minutes of her life.

Gray’s character is Esther Greenwood, and the play starts with her head in an oven. In fact, when you enter the theatre, she’s already there. What followed was an emotional adventure. Alternating between deeply funny and tear-inducing sad, Gray hallucinates her way through a re-creation of events. She converses with her oven in a voice ripped off from the teacher in Charlie Brown, “waa-waa whaa-whaa”. As the hallucinations grow more severe, Esther stars in a TV show “Better Tomes and Gardens”, making different dishes, and reacting a video that plays off and on throughout the performance.

It was kind of a gutsy play to write, with serious potential to offend. The advertisement turned off several participants to the point of boycott. I admit, I found the promotion fliers offensively distasteful. While i t certainly has the potential to offend, it makes light of certain historical events associated with Plath. The video of the character Esther meeting Ned Pews (the Ted character) is absolutely side-splitting funny. This scene, and other clips from the play, appear on YouTube. The end, however, to this story is always the same. It is how the writer and actress portray the death that is a deal-breaker. Given the humor throughout, when the end comes you both expect, and almost do not expect, it to come the way it always does. I left the theatre highly amused at the funny bits, but ultimately ponderous at the very moving, almost sweet ending. A much disheveled Greenwood inches towards the oven while at the same time, her character with perfect hair and make-up reclines, as if to take a nap on the video screen. As with any emotional scene, the classical music playing rips through the heart leaving the entire audience stunned to silence, and also a few a tears.

In the Rothermere American Institute Library, an exhibit of poems in Enid Mark’s About Sylvia was on display throughout the Symposium. The poems in this collection are:

“On looking into Sylvia Plath’s copy of Goethe’s Faust” by Diane Ackerman
“Cottage Street, 1953” by Richard Wilbur
“The heroine” by Peter Davison
“Dream song 172” by John Berryman
“Wanting to die” by Anne Sexton
“Requiem for Sylvia Plath” by Luciana Frezza
“Daughters and others” by Rachel Hadas
“Sylvia Plath” by Robert Lowell
“On the death of Sylvia Plath”
“Chaucer” by Ted Hughes.

Enid Mark contributes a Foreword to the book and illustrated each poem, and they appeared throughout the library in different cases. Many of the poems will be familiar to Plath’s readers, but some were new to me. Mark was a classmate of Plath’s and runs The Elm Press in Pennsylvania. About 34 of the 50 copies are held in Special Collections and Rare Book Rooms throughout the United States and abroad.

The Oxford Playhouse held several events, including an exhibit of artwork by Kristina Zimbakova, Amanda Robbins, Linda Adele Goodine, Cassandra Slone, and Ann Dingsdale. The artwork was on display in the Top Room, all around the walls, including the window treatments! These works were all inspired by Plath and available on posters for sale; anyone interested in purchasing these should contact the organizers to see if there are extras. It also premiered an animated short film by Suzie Hanna and Tom Simmons titled “The Girl Who Would Be God”. The animation was interesting, made more so by an introduction and explanation of its creation by Hanna and Simmons. The Playhouse also ran short films by the late Sandra Lahire, who was a student under the tutelage of Jacqueline Rose. They were disturbing, particularly the one titled “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams.” The films featured words spoken by Plath, excerpts from poems, in addition to footage of Winthrop, Boston, and other places.

Throughout the Symposium, a number of limited editions of Plath's were on display at the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. These books made a brief appearance at the opening night festivities at Blackwell's and included the limited edition for Child, Fiesta Melons, Dialogue over a Ouija Board, and Million Dollar Month, amongst others.

The Symposium had a big Sunday bash: The Sylvia Plath Gala Celebration at the Oxford Playhouse. I wrote on this in a previous post. I left after the reading of “Three Women” so am unsure how the rest of the celebrants performed. After I left, however, Jack Harris performed his "Plath Lullaby", Hanna's animation "The Girl Who Would be God" aired, Susannah Harker read "Ariel", Natalia Thorn performed a dance to the "Poppy" poems and Tom Hollander performed "Red", which might be a poem from Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes or might be something else. If anyone cares to post on it, please leave comments!

10 November 2007

More reviews of the Letters of Ted Hughes

Recently The Scotsman and the Daily Mail reviewed The Letters of Ted Hughes, edited by Christopher Reid. The Daily Mail review includes some photographs, including a "new" one of Sylvia Plath at which her fans and scholars alike will marvel.

09 November 2007

Update: Dissertations on Sylvia Plath

I have updated the list of dissertations on Sylvia Plath. Please click here to view the page. Or, there is a link on the sidebar.

08 November 2007

Sylvia Plath's Knopf editor

Sylvia Plath's editor at Knopf was Judith Jones. Jones was an ardent and early supporter of Plath's poetry and fiction up to, and likely through, the publication of Ariel. Knopf lost the battle for Ariel to rival publishing house Harper & Row.

Ms. Jones recently published The tenth muse: My life in food. She will appear at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday 13 November. Tickets are on sale via the Harvard Book Store. Tickets are $5.

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin holds the correspondence between Jones, Plath, Hughes and others at Heinemann and Knopf. I posted on this collection back in July. The correspondence, negotiations, etc. makes for very interesting reading and is certainly worth of further study and publicity.

For more information, please click here.

07 November 2007

Sylvia Plath collections: Atlantic Monthly Magazine records, 1969-1974

The Massachusetts Historical Society holds the Atlantic Monthly records, 1969-1974. Of course the Atlantic has been around a long time, but these records relate to the editorship of Robert Manning. The collection includes correspondence with and records that relate to 3,200 authors. The records are stored offsite, so advance notice is required if anyone seeks to consult these records. The finding aid is online here.

There is correspondence between Olwyn Hughes and the editors at the Atlantic relating to publishing some of Sylvia Plath's and Ted Hughes's poems. These can be found in carton 9.

There are two letters from February and two from May.

1) From: Olwyn Hughes, To: Robert Manning, 2 February 1970.
This letter discusses Olwyn's assembling two volumes of Plath's uncollected poetry. She offers the following Plath poems: "Last Words," "The Tour," "Submerged", and "Gigolo" as well as six Crow poems by Ted Hughes. The year of composition - 1961, 1962, 1962, and 1963, respectively - is listed next to each poem.

2) From: Robert Manning, To: Olwyn Hughes, 24 February 1970.
Rejects all the poems by both Plath and Hughes.

3) From: Olwyn Hughes, To: Peter Davison, 4 May 1970.
Sending Davison Hughes's poem "Fighting for Jerusalem".

4) From: Peter Davison, To: Olwyn Hughes, 15 May 1970.
Rejecting poem by Hughes.

Accompanying each set of letters are editorial responses to the poems submitted. There was an overwhelming dislike of the Hughes poems, including one editor saying, "The Hughes stuff, if I understand it, offers us Crow as Everyman. A damn silly idea."

The general consensus on the Plath poems submitted in February was that they all appeared "unfinished." The reviewers each liked "Last Words" and "The Tour", and found the poem "Submerged" to be "unclear, for all its ominous message, sensuous images."

Has anyone out there ever heard of a Plath poem entitled "Submerged", purportedly written in 1962? The other poems appeared throughout 1970 in periodicals, and also appeared in either Crossing the Water (1971) or Winter Trees (1971/2).

Could "Submerged" be a variant/rejected title of an Ariel poem? Not according to a review of the drafts Ariel poems housed at Smith College. One 1962 poem published around this time is "Fearful". However, it is not out of the question that there are other poems Plath wrote in 1962 that have been suppressed?

05 November 2007

Two new reviews of the Letters of Ted Hughes

The Guardian recently ran two articles on Ted Hughes, both concerned with the recent publication of the Letters of Ted Hughes.

The first article, "More than a wood-full of cats", ran on Saturday 3 November.

The second article, "Portrait of a poet as an eco warrior", ran on Sunday 4 November.

A focus of each review, naturally, is Sylvia Plath.

02 November 2007

Books about Plath in non-English languages

Please help me out...

Would readers be interested in a list of books about Sylvia Plath which were never in English, like Marianne Egeland's Sylvia Plath? Or, would you be interested in a list of books that were in English but translated into a foreign language, such as Janet Malcolm's The Silent Women, translated to German Die schweigende Frau : die Biographien der Sylvia Plath.

Or both?

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