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Limited Edition Sylvia Plath Books on eBay

I'd like to call your attention to three limited editions of books by Sylvia Plath (posthumously published) that are on auction right now on eBay (ending Sunday). They are Two Uncollected Poems , Two Poems , and Million Dollar Month . Tis the season for giving Plath! One of these, "Million Dollar Month", contains the single poem that remains uncollected and would thus be a poem very few people have ever read. A disclaimer must be made that I am selling these for a friend. UPDATE: Million Dollar Month has sold. UPDATE: Two Poems has sold. UPDATE: Two Uncollected Poems has sold.

Read bits of Heather Clark's The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

For Thanksgiving...through Oxford University Press’ web page for Heather Clark’s relatively imminently forthcoming book, The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes , you can read the “Introduction” in PDF format . Thank you OUP for giving us this preview of Clark’s eagerly anticipated book. Also, the book is on too with a Look Inside! feature that is generous. Thank you (The cover on is not the same as that which appeared in the recent Plath Profiles 3 Supplement . I totally dig the whole library cover, very gorgeous, but I much prefer the book cover on the advertisement.) Google Books has it, too . Thank you Google Books.

Covering Ariel

I was bro wsing at the Brattle Book Shop on West Street in Boston in October and came across a book by Grant Uden entitled Understanding Book-Collecting . To my surprise on the back of the dust jacket was a line of books, all but one just showing the spines. The most recognizable being... that of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel in that distinctive Faber dust jacket. In the text, Plath is given mention just once, as being a writer who is collected but also of potentially questionable durability. We’ll prove him wrong yet! In the last dozen or so years since I’ve been paying attention, Plath books certainly have risen in value and desirability, particularly those books published during her lifetime. But this is another subject for another time perhaps. This got me thinking where else I’d seen Ariel . At some point in some other book store browsing experience, I had seen the Faber Ariel on the front cover of a book which, I recalled, was on book covers. It didn’t take long to find this title agai

Plath at the Boston Book Fair

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair was held this weekend at the Hynes Convention Center. As usual, I attended to drool over Sylvia Plath books and other very fine collectibles. Hot authors this year that were very well represented were Graham Greene, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain. Under represented was Sylvia Plath, IMHO. Jett Whitehead was there again from Michigan. He has perhaps the greatest collection of Broadsides, Chapbooks, First Editions, Letters From Poets, Modern Poetry, and Poetry Manuscripts to be had in a single booth and under one roof on the planet. Jett in the past has exhibited a autograph manuscript copy of Plath’s poem “The Snowflake Star” (circa 1946). He used to have a first edition of Ariel with thatch drippings from Court Green signed by Ted Hughes to the poet Janos Csokits. Jett is particularly Plathian: “The blood jet is poetry...” Between the Covers Rare Books out of Gloucester City, New Jersey was there. They have impressive holdings and

Plath Profiles 3 Supplement update

It was necessary to make minor corrections to the following essays in Plath Profiles 3 Supplement : " Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath " by Karen V. Kukil; " This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath " by Peter K. Steinberg; and " Hidden in Plain Sight: On Sylvia Plath's Missing Journals " by David Trinidad If you downloaded the individual essays please re-download them to have the most up-to-date versions. If you downloaded the entire issue , please re-download this as well for the same reason. Plath Profiles apologizes for any inconvenience. Also, the Editor's Note in Volume 3 (Summer 2010 ) was updated, too, so please re-download that essay and/or the full issue after the 20th of November.

Seventeen November 1949

Please review October 2010’s Double Did you know ... as this post was alluded to at the end of it... Sylvia Plath amassed nearly 50 rejection slips from Seventeen magazine before her first published story, “And Summer Will Not Come Again”, was published in the August 1950 issue. But, did you know... this was not her first publication/appearance in Seventeen ? In the November 1949 issue (pictured here), Plath had a contribution to the lead article “When I’m a Parent” for which she was paid, I believe, $10. The article begins, “Sooner or later, every teen-ager says fervently: ‘When I’m a parent, I’ll do thus and so.’ If your mother or father show particular understanding, you make a mental note that you’ll treat your children as intelligently ... So we asked a number of you what your do’s and don’ts are...Here are the most illuminating and provocative. You said, ‘When I’m a parent...’” Plath’s response to this question is anonymous: her name does not appear next to her quote.

More Photographs of Sylvia Plath's Poets Corner Induction

Bo Kukil kindly sent over four photographs from Sylvia Plath's Induction ceremony on Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City... Plath's plaque The Poets' Corner Susan Plath Winston, Tristine Skyler, Karen V. Kukil Emily Cook and Robert Shaw

Photographs from Plath's Induction Ceremony

The following photographs were sent from Tristine Skyler of Sylvia Plath's induction in to the Poets Corner at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The first is of Karen Kukil with Susan Plath Winston (Warren Plath's daughter). They are standing by the plaque. The second picture is of the plaque with the quote "This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary", which is beautiful first line of "The Moon and the Yew Tree." Update 12:39 pm, 8 November: Jessica Ferri covered the event and has a post on the New Yorker's blog about it. Read "The American Poets’ Corner Inducts Sylvia Plath" here .

Photographs of Plath's Celebration on Thursday 11/4

The following eight photographs were sent by Bo Kukil from Thursday's (4th November) Sylvia Plath Celebration at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Today at 4 PM Plath will officially be inducted into their Poets Corner! Karen V. Kukil, Tristine Skyler, Paul Muldoon (above) Paul Muldoon Tristine Skyler LouderArts Project poets reading "Lady Lazarus" Annie Finch Karen V. Kukil Marilyn Nelson

New article on Sylvia Plath, and more!

Look for “‘The Feeding of Young Women’: Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar , Mademoiselle Magazine, and the Domestic Ideal” by Caroline Smith, Assistant Professor of Writing at George Washington University in College Literature - October, or Fall 2010. If you’re interested in the history of Plath in College Literature , look no further than their 30 year index (link removed due to being broken - pks 9 Nov.): To sum, they have published articles in the following issues. (6.2 means Volume 6, Number 2) 6.2: 121-28; ("On Reading Sylvia Plath" by Margaret Dickie Uroff) 19.2: 60-82; (“‘The Woman is Perfected. Her Dead Body Wears the Smile of Accomplishment’: Sylvia Plath and Mademoiselle Magazine” by Garry M. Leonard) 29.3: 17-34; "Plath, Domesticity, and the Art of Advertising" by Marsha Bryant) 29.3: 35-56 ("Sylvia Plath's Transformations of Modernist Paintings" by Sherry Lutz Zivley) Plath was most recently featured in the article “Mad Girls

Sylvia Plath's Desk

When Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes moved to Court Green in September 1961, they had abundant living space for the first time in their married lives. Each even got a room to serve as a study. In a 15 September 1961 letter to her mother, Plath writes about settling in Court Green and that her brother Warren “has been really a wonderful part of the family “ (429). While he was there, Warren Plath assisted in “sanding an immense elm plank which will make me my first real capacious writing table” (429). Over the next 14 months, Plath would probably write all her new poems and stories on this elm plank. And probably also typed letters home and made entries in her journals. That elm wood desk was part of Plath’s estate sale that, in 1981, would go to the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College. How wonderful and coincidental that Plath lived on Elmwood Road! To celebrate this piece of elm wood and the works composed on it, here is a badly shot video. It hangs in the offices of the Mortimer