24 September 2012

Sylvia Plath Collections: ???

Last week I spent a day in a new archive that I was glad to say holds some Sylvia Plath archival materials. The exact collection and contents will be made known in "These Ghostly Archives 5: Subtitle to be Determined" that Gail Crowther and I plan to write this winter. But, because that is a long way off I thought at the least that I could post a preview image to maybe make you wonder about it. The image below is a cropped postmark from a letter Sylvia Plath sent to ...


Carole Brooks Platt, Ph.D. said...

Peter, I've just written a blog post about Sylvia and Ted from the perspective of their dominant neurotransmitters. The driven, confident side of Sylvia would be dopaminergic and the side of Ted that was far too overdominant:


Anonymous said...

:'( i dont know.. Not to her mother im sure because i checked on Letters Home ..all i know about that date is that she wrote Little Fugue. But now im curious to know whom she wrote the letter to.

P.s. Peter, by the way..talking about letter sent..i ve wondered for too many times now, without ever having an answer, whom she wrote to on the very night she took her own life, with the famous stamp she bought from Trevor Thomas.. And thought that u surely have the answer that can put finally an end to my neverending curiosity. Thank u
and thank u for this marvellous site and for the amazing work on Plath u do and did and for all the news and discoveries and teachings u constantly give to us.

My best regards.

A Plathofile from Italy.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Dear Plathofile - Thank you for your kind comment. I think Ronald Hayman may have said in his book that SP had written a letter to her mother that was found after SP's death, and that Aurelia Plath declined to read the letter. But this letter does not appear to be part of an known or acknowledged archive.

Also, a letter is dated 10 Feb 1963 in the private collection of Richard Prince (see this blog post for a little detail). The story as reported never (yet) materialized.

It might be that the letter that Prince has is addressed to her mother, but the opposite is also true: it might be to someone else. Sets the mind racing, doesn't it?

Hope this helps.


Anonymous said...

or maybe...on that bad night she just wrote to her husband..a last line..few last words...the last sign of her love to him..who knows..... Or maybe one so full of hatred sent to her biggest enemy (Assia) of the moment. Who knows..
Anyway, thank u very much again..im going to have a look at the site u linked.
And yes, u're always of help ;-)

The plathofile (Alessandra) from Italy

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Exciting! So what is the story of this new archive? A new box popped up out of nowhere? Details, please!

Anonymous said...

I really hope we dont have to wait until this winter to have our curiosity fullfilled..it was already hard to fall asleep last night wondering only about two stamps..can u imagine about an entire box ;-)
But no doubt our waiting will be worthy..

Have a nice day ya all
kisses from Italy
(where for my sadness Sylvia is still almost unknown and we find/have
no books/stuff about/by her..so i thank the existence of this site and of google(for the informations) all these years of passion for Sylvia and ebay.com for the books i could buy

Peter K Steinberg said...

Julia - The point of the post was to tease, not to gratify. You'll have to wait until Summer 2013 for the article!

Alessandra - Unfortunately, you'll have to wait for a while longer than the winter as the paper won't be "out" until Plath Profiles 6 in Summer 2013. I certainly hope that the wait will be worth it!


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Ah, you are a wicked man, Peter! ;-)

Laura Cherau said...

Well, it's postmarked the day after Frieda's birthday, so I bet she is thanking someone for a birthday present, perhaps? My gut says it is something about the birthday.

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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.
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2, 1956-1963. London: Faber, 2018.
  • 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.