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Sylvia Plath, 60 Years Ago Today

[ This post has been modified due to unreasonable pressure from certain parties. The point of the original post was to vilify Jeffrey Meyers'  baseless claims and  correct his horrendous research. If you are interested in reading the original post, please email me. Contact information available via the " About Sylvia Plath Info Blog & Contact Info " tab. --pks ] 60 years ago today, on 27 July 1954, Sylvia Plath was featured in a photograph in the Boston Globe pointing at … wait for it … a globe! In the brief article "More Girls Than Ever at Harvard Summer School", Plath was photographed in the Widener Library with Everetta Rutherford of Columbia, South Carolina. It is difficult to determine at which country or continent Plath is pointing, but it might be India? That is neither here nor there... Also neither here nor there, it was just 11 months after the news broke that she had been found hiding in her family's basement in Boston and other U.S. newsp

More Sylvia Plath College Articles Found

This is a third blog post on articles authored by (or possibly/probably authored by) Sylvia Plath. The first blog post was posted on 20 May 2014 . The second was posted on 8 June 2014 . This post discusses articles published or referenced to in letters from events Plath covered for Press Board in March, April, and May 1952. In her sophomore year, Plath was active on the Smith College Press Board. Her letters home refer repeatedly to events she was covering. This presents us with tantalizing possibilities to either uncover original Press Board typescripts in the Smith College Archives, or anonymous articles as they appeared in newspapers in Northampton and Springfield, Massachusetts. In addition to her letters, Plath's calendars at the Lilly Library are perhaps the richest sources for biographical information of her college years. The calendars record particularly her activities with regard to campus events, classes, dates for tests and papers, dates with boys, social engagements

Review of Collecting, Curating, and Researching Writers' Libraries: A Handbook

The new book Collecting, Curating, and Researching Writers' Libraries: A Handbook , edited by Richard W. Oram and Joseph Nicholson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014; also available on Amazon ) contains well-written and valuable essays on this understudied but worthy subject. Oram and Nicholson both contribute excellent and introductory pieces that provide an historical overview and curatorial considerations (Oram) and information on the process of cataloging writer's private libraries (Nicholson), replete with jargon that for many will be like a foreign language. Both, however, are easy to read and expert, and complement the other pieces contributed by booksellers, academics, librarians, and writers. A library and/or archive can house myriad items. For the purposes of this book, Oram states that a writer's library is "a set of books or other printed works owed by the author at a particular moment in time" (1-2). The next essay, by the Curator and Rare Books Li