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Sylvia Plath in Chequer

From time to time I have tweeted and/or written about auctions on eBay for Sylvia Plath items. I recently, selfishly found out about an auction for an item that I wanted with without promoting potential competition. This was greedy of me, especially considering the item would be, if I won it, a duplicate. Sylvia Plath published four poems in Chequer 11: "Epitaph for Fire and Flower", "On the Difficulty of Conjuring Up a Dryad", "Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper", and "November Graveyard" (Winter 1956-1957). When I saw that a copy was up for auction I decided not to tweet it out. I guess I am a bit of a hoarder? I have no idea where this copy came from, other than "England" of course. The first copy I got, as a gift, formerly belonged to Christopher Levenson, who himself is well represented in this issue of Chequer as well as Plath. An image of the cover of Levenson's copy is on the Periodicals page of my website for Sylvia Pla

Sylvia Plath auctions at Bonhams, Knightsbridge

Bonhams Knighstbridge has done it again! They are offering several lots of Sylvia Plath typescripts and books in their 15 June 2016 auction of Fine Books, Manuscripts, and Original Illustrations . This auction is in two Plath sections. The first five are from the larger Plath archive that's been up for sale, piecemeal, after the whole lot failed to sell via Sotheby's in December 2014 . The second section are books formerly belonging to Winifred Davies, Plath's Devon midwife and friend. Lot 167 Sylvia Plath, Typescript draft, with autograph revisions, of her story "The Green Rock", and typescript of "Gramercy Park", with occasional annotations, 1948-9 £800 - 1,200 / US$ 1,200 - 1,700 Lot 168 Sylvia Plath Typescript draft with autograph revisions of her poem ʻSeek No More the Young', here with the deleted typed title "Latvian Threnody", [March 1949] £800 - 1,200 / US$ 1,200 - 1,700 Lot 169 Sylvia Plath Carbon typescript of her st