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2011 Sylvia Plath Info Year In Review

If it felt like a big year for Sylvia Plath it is because it was. There were periods of quiet, but that is fine as it gives us a chance to rest, reflect, write, etc.  I do find it hard to sum up a year but have in the past so will attempt to continue now... Sadly, we lost two valuable contributors to Plath scholarship. In June, Jim Long passed away . And before that, quietly in February, Nephie Christodoulides. Nephie is the author of numerous articles on Plath, H.D. and others. Her book Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking: Motherhood in Sylvia Plath's Work was published in 2005 by Rodopi Editions in Amsterdam. You can read a review of Nephie's book by fellow Plath scholar Toni Saldivar here. Books about Plath published this year were many and each provides valuable insight and a great contribution to the scholarship in Plath studies. The year started off with a "bang, smash" in Heather Clark's The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes (

A Very Sylvia Plath Christmas

Back in 2009, I made an Otto Plath cookie .  I decided to make this year, 2011, a very Sylvia Plath Christmas. **  Inspired by "The Applicant," "We make new stock from the salt." And, further inspired by "Daddy," Every woman adores a Fascist, The boot in the face, the brute Brute heart of a brute like you. And... There's a stake in your fat black heart And the villagers never liked you. They are dancing and stamping on you. ** Disclaimer: Several sugar cookies were harmed in the making of this update.

Did you know... Sylvia Plath's Mid-Life

Sylvia Plath lived from 27 October 1932 to 11 February 1963. This was 11,064 days; or 30 years, 3 months, 15 days. Sylvia Plath's mid-life was, then, 5532 days. Did you know that that date -Sylvia Plath's mid-life - fell on 20 December 1947 (a Saturday that year). She was 15 years, 1 month, and 23 days; in tenth grade, in her first year at Gamaliel Bradford High School, and it was during this school year she took her first class, English 21, with Wilbury Crockett. In this class, the readings and assignments were vigorous, and not for those seeking only to be generally educated. Many of Plath's papers from this class are now held at the Lilly Library, and from examining them, we know which books she read, many of which are cataloged in LibraryThing . One of the poems Plath wrote this year was "I Thought That I Could Not Be Hurt." Her activities that year included basketball, orchestra, and she worked for the school newspaper, The Bradford . It was in this fir

More books by and about Sylvia Plath in Kindle Editions

Adding to their enviable Kindle edition selection, the British have had available since June in Kindle format the following book: Sylvia Plath's Selected Poems .  Plath's American publishers have to get on the ball here...Back in January, I posted that via, you can ask for them to consider titles for publication in a Kindle edition. So, please visit that post and start clicking so that we can get Kindle editions available to us, too! In November, The Colossus was made available to US Kindle owners...  Another "new" book of interest perhaps, to readers of Sylvia Plath, that is available to Kindle owners (or Kindle app downloaders) is the 2007 book Letters of Ted Hughes edited by Christopher Reid. US readers click here ; for those in the UK, you can find this book for your Kindle's here . And now (now... now...) the book (book … book) that nobody (nobody...nobody) read ( Chelsea House is making easier for you to read the book that

Ted Hughes Memorial Radio Broadcast

Earlier this week, BBC Radio 4 aired " Ted Hughes Memorial Tones ." It is a 58 minute long program about his recent memorializing in Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey. The program can be listened to until 17 December. Among those interviewed were Seamus Heaney, Carol Hughes, and Melvyn Bragg, who is the narrator. As can be fathomed, topics discussed include Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Court Green. In addition, there are audio snippets of Hughes reading, as well as from the "Two of a Kind" interview from 1961.

Sylvia Plath: Her Drawings ending this week

If you are in London this week, plan to see "Sylvia Plath: Her Drawings" at the Mayor Gallery now for the exhibit is coming down by the 16th. Our friend in Plath, Gail Crowther, visited the cloudy city this weekend and send on some more pictures of the exhibit.... Thanks Gail! The first picture is the Willow tree from Grantchester. Perhaps this is the one where she placed her Earthenware head... This picture shows many of the drawings. The second one on the long wall from the corner, you can see, is missing. This is one of a few that are no longer in the gallery and presumably already with their new owner... Here is another view of the willow, as well as of "Horse Chestnut," "Horse Chestnuts," and "Cow." If you visited the exhibit and want to write a guest post about the experience please send me an email!

Marsha Bryant essay on Sylvia Plath in new book

Marsha Bryant, author of several articles on Sylvia Plath, has recently published Women's Poetry and Popular Culture through Palgrave Macmillan.  In this book will be the chapter "Everyday Ariel: Sylvia Plath and the Dream Kitchen." The book was published on 25 November 2011. ISBN: 9780230609419; cost: £52.00. Other chapters look at H.D., Stevie Smith, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ai, and Carol Ann Duffy. Articles on Plath by Bryant include: "Plath, Domesticity, and the Art of Advertising." College Literature 29:3. Summer 2002: 17-34. "IMAX Authorship: Teaching Plath and her Unabridged Journals ." Pedagogy 2:4. Spring 2004: 241-262. "Ariel's Kitchen: Plath, Ladies' Home Journal, and the Domestic Surreal." In The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath . Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2007: 211-235.

Ted Hughes in Poets Corner & Some Sylvia Plath, too

On Tuesday 6 December 2011, Ted Hughes will be memorialized in Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey in London. Frieda Hughes, Carol Hughes, and Seamus Heaney are three among the many expected to attend the service. This news broke in early 2010 . A more recent article appeared on Westminster Abbey's website in early November. The Mayor Gallery in London, which is exhibiting "Sylvia Plath: Her Drawings" through 16 December, recently informed me that they have three rare copies of the limited edition Pursuit for sale. Copies are £1,000 and were formerly in the possession of Frieda Hughes. The book was limited to 100 numbered copies and these three copies are numbered 20, 22, and 23. I have a photograph of the title page of Pursuit on my website . There are also a few copies of The Crystal Gazer still available, numbered sequentially 271-277. Bloomsbury Auctions will be selling two copies of The Bell Jar on their Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Works on Paper auction on 14

Articles on Sylvia Plath

Recently found the following citations for articles on Sylvia Plath which either have appeared or will appear in journals or in books... Aragno, Anna. "Silent Cries, Dancing Tears: The Metapsychology of Art Revisited/Revised." Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 59: 2. April 2011: 239-288 Boswell, Matthew . "Poetry. Sylvia Plath, Ariel (1965) and Other Poems." In Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film . New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Leake, Elizabeth. "The Corpus and the Corpse: Amelia Rosselli, Jacques Derrida, Sylvia Plath, Sarah Kofman." In After Words: Suicide and Authorship in Twentieth-Century Italy . Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011: 65-103. Lester D., and McSwain S. "A Text Analysis of the Poems of Sylvia Plath". Psychological Reports 109:1. 2011:  73-76. Piatti-Farnell, Lorna. "'At My Cooking I Feel It Looking': Food, Domestic Fantasies, and Consumer Anxiety in Syl