26 July 2010

Books about Sylvia Plath: Update

Congratulations are in order to Luke Ferretter for the recent publication of his long-awaited Sylvia Plath’s Fiction: A Critical Study (University of Edinburgh Press). Copies are available from Amazon and other sellers.

In addition to Heather Clark’s forthcoming The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes in January 2011, we now have An Essential Self: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, a Memoir to look forward to shortly from Five Leaves Publications. Publication in the US and the UK is 7 January 2011 (ISBN: 978-1907869013) (Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk)


Julia said...

Oooh! A memoir by Lucas Meyers! Now THAT is exciting!

I am now on their notify list to be told when it's available. Thanks for the tip!

Julia said...

P.S. Think it will be vastly different from "Crow Steered Bergs Appeared"? I learned so much about Sylvia from that, even though it is really more about Ted Hughes.

Arlaina said...

Is Sylvia Plath a big part of British literary culture? My husband is from Scotland and he knows all about Ted but never read any Sylvia Plath and heard her name mentioned in passing. Just wondering... He IS an engineer so, that could be the culprit right there.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Julia! I'm not sure what's going to be going on in Myers new memoir. I do hope it's new stuff. I enjoyed Crows Steered and will read it again before this new book comes out.

Arlaina, I think Plath is a big part of British literary culture, but obviously I'm an American and this is my perspective from a distance. I suspect his being an engineer might have something to do with it, but Plath I feel is a deep part of all culture - not just literary.

One thing I think of immediately is that new British Library Spoken Word CD. It made all the newspapers in England and though it's released here now... it hasn't received one mention anywhere. Which is a shame because obviously the CD is something quite special; it is also revisionary. In some ways I feel she is given a wider and a more fair treatment in the UK than here.

Does that in any way help? It's a difficult question because I think most of this blogs readers would think she is, and so objectively it might be hard to find an accurate answer. Are there any other opinions on this, particularly from any English readers?


Anonymous said...

I need to rob a bank to afford the Ferretter book! kim

Marion Mccready said...

You're right, Peter, it is hard to answer that question objectively!
But yes, I think Plath is a large part of British literary culture.

A couple of years back The
Guardian gave away a series of booklets of 'the greatest poets of the 20th century', not only was Plath included but she was the only female poet in the series to be included. That says it all really.

Though I'm not sure how much of Plath is taught in schools, whereas I'd imagine Hughes, his animal poems especially, being taught widely in primary and secondary.

Peter K Steinberg said...

I hear you Kim! It's a hefty price.

Thank you Marion for bringing up that Guardian booklet. It is a wonderful illustration of Plath's importance and reputation in British Literary culture.

I was "late" to Plath in my own schooling, not reading her (or knowing of her) until my junior year of college (1994-1995). But I was immediately struck by the power of the language and the emotion. My professor wasn't so keen on Plath and tried to dissuade me, which I felt was wrong.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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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.