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Frieda Hughes on the breakup of her parents marriage

Frieda Hughes publishes an article in Sunday's Times : Richard Woods contributes, as well, " Daughter of Hughes and Plath accuses grandmother of killing their marriage ." Read " The Poison that Drove Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Apart " by Frieda Hughes, the daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. With thanks to ~VC for the link to Frieda's article.


Faber have released the cover for their 6 May 2010 publication of Sylvia Plath's Ariel . This is a very similar design or concept to their 2009 publication of Sylvia Plath: Poems Selected by Ted Hughes . Buy Ariel from Faber . Buy Ariel from . Ariel is scheduled to be published on 6 May.

Ted Hughes in Poets Corner

Louise Jury at The Evening Standard is reporting that Ted Hughes will receive a memorial in Westminster Abbey's coveted Poets' Corner. Ben Hoyle at The Times says so, too, in " Ted Hughes to join the great and the scandalous in Poets' Corner ." __________________ Update - 23 March 2010 More news stories picked this up... " Bard of Nature " in The Times . " In Praise of...Ted Hughes " in The Guardian . Afria Akbar in The Independent " contributes " Hughes to Join Literary Elite with Poets' Corner Memorial ." Tom Payne writes " Ted Hughes' Poetry Explored England's Myths " for The Telegraph . Also for The Telegraph , there is Heidi Blake's " Ted Hughes to be Honoured at Poets' Corner following Campaign by Seamus Heaney ." __________________ Update - 24 March 2010 But wait, there's more. John Burnside at The Guardian Blog says " Ted Hughes's Poetry Enriches Us Spiritually and M

Links, reviews, etc. - week ending 21 March 2010

Daniel Huws' Memories of Ted Hughes is now for sale in England. Published 1 April 2010 by Richard Hollis, (& actually list the title as being in stock. Thanks to Cath in Bath for letting us know! Anne Stevenson is interviewed by Rosita Boland in " Going Against the Grain " in Saturday's issue of the Irish Times . Birthday Letters is mentioned in " When Grief Turns to Art " by Mark Feeney in Friday's Boston Globe . I recently stumbled upon " Reading Plath " in a journal called Kingfisher. This was published on pages 1-2, in 2002's Volume One, Number Three, Seventh Edition. Plath Profiles is accepting submissions still for volume 3, due out in the summer. There are two deadlines to note. For the general issue, 15 April is the date to keep in mind. The deadline is 1 April for those submitting papers on "Sylvia Plath and Material Culture." These papers should address materiality in

British Library Shop Open for Pre-Orders

For those who want to purchase The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath CD directly from the British Library online shop , the site is now open for pre-orders. Enter the code BLPLATHBLOG in the Voucher box and click 'Apply' to receive a 10% discount from your purchase. This is a special discount to readers of this blog and A celebration, this is . Please note : The CD will be on sale in the UK from 14 April 2010. The CD will be on sale in the US, distributed by University of Chicago Press , from 20 April 2010.

The Barbizon

The Barbizon is the focus of the article " Sorority on E. 63rd St. " by Michael Callahan in the April 2010 Vanity Fair . During the "queer, sultry" month of June 1953, Sylvia Plath was a resident in room 1511.

US Pre-orders for The Spoken Word

Pre-order The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath , the forthcoming CD published by the British Library today! Sylvia Plath Info Blog and A celebration, this is are honored to be an accredited partner with the British Library for their forthcoming release. Clicking to order through this blog or my website for Sylvia Plath will save you 10% on your order. The British Library is offering this special bonus for readers and visitors of this blog and my website. Distribution in the US will be through the University of Chicago Press . Also, I've added a link US Orders link beneath the CD cover in the sidebar. Further information for ordering through the British Library Online Shop will be posted shortly.

Sylvia Plath: Did you know...

Within six weeks of Sylvia Plath's death, Ted Hughes gave Heinemann permission to disclose Plath's identity as the author of The Bell Jar . Naturally Plath's identity as the author wasn't completely anonymous: in certain circles, it was quite known that she was the author of the novel. When the Heinemann Contemporary Fiction edition was published in September 1964, the author, however, was still listed as Victoria Lucas. The back of the dustwrapper states that the author's name is a pseudonym and that they weren't at liberty to disclose the identity. Now, this contradicts my first sentence, but this is just the way it goes sometimes... Plath's name was not on the title page of The Bell Jar for another two years, when Faber brought out their first edition of the novel on 1 September 1966. The Heinemann, Contemporary Fiction and Faber editions of The Bell Jar can be seen here ; they are the first three in the first row. Did you know... On March 1

Saint Botolph's Review 2

I recently received from a friend a photocopy of Saint Botolph's Review 2, which was published in 2006, 50 years after the first issue (pictured here). The first issue is, of course, mythic. One can just imagine the launch party for Saint Botolph's Review 2. The canes & the dentures, the 5 o'clock dinner & blue hair... Counting pills rather than conquests...   Lucas Myers contributed an essay on pages 8-10 called "The Voices of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes." The essay has likely new pieces of information: conversations & memories remembered that may or may not have been in his 2001 memoir Crow Steered Bergs Appeared. But it's the end of the essay that I want to write about today. As most of you haven't read the essay I realize this puts you at a disadvantage, however I'll try to be fair and keep things in context. As Myers concludes his essay, he discusses how Plath's "talent developed phenomenally" during her

Edwardian Writing Desk

In the Telegraph yesterday, an obituary ran for John Rety . This is a new name to me, but there is a Plath connection: "After meeting Susan Johns, with whom he was to have a son and a daughter, Rety opened a furniture shop in Camden High Street, where he sold an Edwardian writing desk to an American who asked him to re-cover it in blue leather. She kept asking when it would be ready, explaining that she was writing on her knees in the meantime. But when he took it to her house, a man told him to "f--- off" and that the woman was dead. On returning home, Susan told him that the lady was the poet Sylvia Plath, and he had just met her husband Ted Hughes." The whole "writing on her knees" bit sounds very much like Plath!