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Now available: Janet Badia's Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers

Congratulations to Janet Badia, whose book Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers was recently published by University of Massachusetts Press. You can purchase the book from ; UMass Press ; ; and you can like it on Facebook . The book looks most promising and I expect to review it on this blog before too long. Chapters include: Introduction: "There Is No Such Thing as a Death Girl": Literary Bullying and the Plath Reader; "Dissatisfied, Family-Hating Shrews": Women Readers and the Politics of Sylvia Plath's Literary Reception;  "Oh, You Are Dark": The Plath Reader in Popular Culture; "We Did Not Wish to Give the Impression": Plath Fandom and the Question of Representation; "A Fiercely Fought Defense": Ted Hughes and the Plath Reader; and Conclusion: "I Don’t Mean Any Harm": Frieda Hughes, Plath Readers, and the Question of Resistance.

Sylvia Plath links of interest, on this the 19th day of September

P H Davies recently visited North Tawton and writes about it on his blog. The photographs of Court Green are among the best I've ever seen (and the rest of his blog and website are worthy of reading too, so, go on, treat yourself). You will remember the excellent book reviews he has posted, most recently on Heather Clark's The Grief of Influence and Kathleen Connors and Sally Bayley's Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual , and evocative poem " Heptonstall " in Plath Profiles 4 . Several weeks ago (wow, in July - I'm behind), on The Telegraph 's website, there appeared the article " Ways With Words: Ted Hughes catches the animal within " by Blake Morrison. Going further back, thanks to Gail Crowther we have "' Could I have done more for Sylvia Plath?' - Poet's doctor John Horder on his role in her final days " from the 11 November 2010 Camden New Journal , in which Dr. John Horder talks a bit about Plath.

Guest Post: Gail Crowther's did you know...

The below is a guest post by Gail Crowther and discusse some of the wonders she found in the Plath Collection at Smith College during her visit to America in July and August... Did You Know.... For those of you who have read " These Ghostly Archives 1 , 2 & 3 ", you will know that Peter and I are very interested in the minutiae of papers, pictures, scraps of paper relating to Plath.... In a recent visit to the Plath archives at Smith College, I was fascinated to discover a cheque book covering the last months of Plath’s life, beginning 11 December 1962 with the final cheque dated 31 January 1963. Mostly this is a document that reveals a narrative of Plath’s London move – new furniture and household pieces, new clothes and cash (pre- ATMs!). One name which repeatedly appears (Plath writes five cheques) is to a store called Bowman's. A little research revealed that this store was based in Camden (in fact conveniently right next door to Plath's own bank, Lloy

Sylvia Plath: A stamp-ede

The Poetry Foundation has announced that in 2012, the US Postal Service will be honoring ten poets with postage stamps . UPDATE: The Observer ran an article, " Sylvia Plath given stamp of approval ", by Vanessa Thorpe on Sunday 18 September.

Custom Search added to A celebration, this is

Hello, the first of some biggish changes was activated today on my website for Sylvia Plath, A celebration, this is . On the homepage (linked just above), I have added a Google custom search tool. This will enable web browsers to search the entire website, which I hope means that you will find your content even faster. When you type in the search box, a new tab or window will appear with the search results (they frequently appear beneath a Google ad or two...sorry, it was not avoidable without paying a fee...). Thanks to three of my great Plath friends for testing this feature out.  Please let me know how you like it (or if you don't). The decision to have results open in a new tab was made because this way your search results are saved in the original tab. If done the other way, where the result is opened in the same/original tab, if you click the back browser your search query is lost and thus you'd have to do it again (one year in every ten, perhaps). The next cha

Articles on Sylvia Plath appear in...

Cambridge University Press has published the Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes , edited by Terry Gifford. Like Jo Gill's Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath , the book starts with a chapter titled "The Problem of Biography;" however, Hughes' "Problem of Biography" is written by Joanny Moulin. I am beginning to see a trend here with "biography" and "problems" and these poets... Jo Gill contributes a chapter, "Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath" and Tracy Brain writes on "Ted Hughes and feminism." As Plath was such a major part of Ted Hughes' life and writing, no doubt additional essays in the book will feature or focus on her. The book is available now and will go for $28.99 or (£17.99). Another new article of potential interest is in the inaugural issue of the Ted Hughes Society Journal : "Opened Ground: Discourses of Descent in Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath" by Janne Stigen Drangsholt. Unlike the content