11 May 2010

Sylvia Plath's Library - Video Post

This is the first Sylvia Plath Info video post. In April, I visited the Mortimer Rare Book Room and took this (poor quality) video of Plath's library. There are two parts. Stay tuned for more video posts in the future, I think.

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This below is the second part. Sorry both go a bit sideways...

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On YouTube, which I'm new too, my user name is sylviaplathinfo.


Anonymous said...

This is so cool! Were you allowed o actually pick these books up and thumb through them? I've read of some of these titles in Sylvia's library. I like the fact she had Rimbaud, Sexton's All My Pretty Ones, and I noticed her Baby and Child Care book. Almost being a breath away from her.


Peter K Steinberg said...


Yes, anyone can work with these titles. It's an extraordinary experience.


Julia said...


Marion said...

This is brilliant, thankyou! The statue in the first one, was that Plath's?

Anonymous said...

But I am sure she didn't fill her head with too much of all this....She had so much of space in her to create poetry...That means she had vacant space inside her that wasn't polluted by other's trash, but her own ideas beating wildly,and eating only what they can digest...Sylvia was great

VJESCI said...


Peter K Steinberg said...

Thank you VJESCI for posting the link to Plath's library on LibraryThing for The Feeling Lionness to consider.

The Feeling Lionness: Quite the opposite of your statement. Plath was an intellectual, a stellar student and was very well read. She didn't frivolously buy books and not read them. On the contrary, she devoured and savoured books, with relish. For example, she loved the Tolkien trilogy. As a student of English, it must be expected that she would be well read. Please consider reviewing the books in her library in the link above.

Marion! That statuette was done in 1996 by Nicholas Dimbleby. You can read about it an article by Ros Wynne-Jones that ran in The Independent in 1997. According to the article the statue was commissioned by Plath's friends Elizabeth Sigmund and Clarissa Roche. I do not believe the full statue was ever built.

Julia, innit?


Marion said...

Shame it was never built. Interesting article, thanks for that.

angelictenderbutton said...

<3 it! love it :)

Anonymous said...

yeah Peter...naturally you know more about Sylvia....but I personally think she knew which thoughts are to be digested and which thoughts are to be ignored...Because when I read her poetry,they seem to be giving off this aura of tremendous individuality and denial of previous thought process....like a shining monument appearing out of the ground,entirely on its own....such a violent,beautiful and original take on life... This makes me wonder

Anonymous said...

Very cool-thanks a lot for that!

BridgetAnna said...

Oh, how delicious to see her German dictionary!

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Publications & Acknowledgements

  • BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
  • Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
  • Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017.
  • Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
  • Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
  • Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
  • Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. (Acknowledged in)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1, 1940-1956. London: Faber, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
  • Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'A Fetish: Somehow': A Sylvia Plath Bookmark." Court Green 13. 2017.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "The Persistence of Plath." Fine Books & Collections. Autumn 2017: 24-29
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.