01 August 2016

These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath

Gail Crowther and I have, today, submitted the manuscript of our book of essays, These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath, to our publisher Fonthill.

The authors mirroring Plath & Hughes in 3 Chalcot Square, London
As many of you may know, Gail and I co-wrote a series of five papers entitled "These Ghostly Archives" which appeared in Plath Profiles from 2009 to 2013. While we encourage you to re-read these papers (linked here), please do not memorize them or anything as they have all be revised and expanded extensively. We did this as the narrative of the book is necessarily different to the way they were presented in their annual publications in the journal.

The Lilly Library, Indiana University at Bloomington
The book has an introduction and eight chapters (5 conversation chapters in the vein of the original papers, two solo chapters, and one jointly written chapter). In addition, we have submitted a number of photographs of Plath (many previously unpublished), of places she lived and wrote about, and archival documents among others.

Court Green, North Tawton, Devon
We will keep you posted on this blog and on Gail's website with any updates that we can and hope to see the book in print sometime in the late Spring of 2017.

Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
In the meantime, please do get yourselves ready for Gail's excellent new book: The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath, which will be published by Fonthill in 24 days (Amazon.co.uk).

All links accessed 1 August 2016.


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...


Eva Stenskar said...

This is so exciting! So many books to look forward too. Thank you for all your hard work. I can barely sleep now!

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thank you Julia and Eva! Very nice comments which are must appreciated. It seems, Eva, that you're taking from us the sleep we lost at a time when we're going to be catching up! Get some rest, though, please.


boston12855 said...

Can't wait!

A Piece of Plathery said...

Looking forward to both books :)

Jessica McCort said...

Exciting news! j

steve said...

Peter, your website and blog are AMAZING! I MUST get your signature for your book the next time you head my way!

Anna said...

I know this blog post is a little older, but I have been quite absent from everything Plath this year. Planning to jump back on the Plath train again in 2017 and can't wait!

This is why I have stumbled upon this post just now for the first time and I had a good laugh at the picture of you and Gail mirroring Plath and Hughes. It is marvelous! Love it! :)

The main reason why I came across this post is that I just remembered Gail's new book and when I tried to order it, it seems kind of impossible! Every site says it is out of stock and when I checked Fonthill Media's website, it is not even listed there. The only book by Gail Crowther is Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Has the book been published yet, because I am also not able to find used copies anywhere? This seems really odd!

Anna said...

Oh, I just checked amazon.com and there it says that it will be released on February 13, 2017? So the publication has been delayed?

Anna said...

Oh! I just read about the delay in your 2016 review blog post! Happy to learn that it is just a delay and not a tiny limited edition, because this is what I suspected! Ok, so I am impatiently waiting for the release in February!

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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. Forthcoming.
  • 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.