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The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath: In Boston

Gail Crowther's recently published The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath (Stroud: Fonthill Media, 2017) is a book I hope many people buy and read. As I was a participant in the book, I do not feel comfortable reviewing it. I do, however, feel I can promote it. The Haunted Reader is about Sylvia Plath, but also about her readers. I think in the stories Gail collected and tells, that each one of us may find a similar thing happened when you first started reading Sylvia Plath. And the wonderful thing is, even with those similarities there are more than likely significant differences in how each of us came to Plath and how we all read and react to her work. When Gail's first book, Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning came out I took a copy of the book all around Boston and Wellesley with me photographing it in various places and situations . I decided to do the same with her recent work, though scaled back just a bit. Here is Gail's book hanging out with some frie

The Harriet Rosenstein Sylvia Plath archive, Update

The internet got an interesting story yesterday and today in " Unseen Sylvia Plath letters claim domestic abuse by Ted Hughes " authored by Danuta Kean of The Guardian which saw "Ted Hughes" trending on Twitter. Today, it's "#NationalGrilledCheeseDay". Ms Kean contacted me through a friend and we discussed the sudden presence of the Harriet Rosenstein Sylvia Plath archive which I blogged  about on 10 March  and its disappearance by 18 March. However, Ms Kean uncovered that the archive was removed because of a pending legal concern. Kean's article was instantly picked up by a number of other news sources, and some of the facts from it were even more quickly transformed into complete untruth. The following are articles, listed in no particular order, that I have found on it in varying degrees of veracity. If any new articles appear they will be listed below. Danuta Kean, " Unseen Sylvia Plath letters claim domestic abuse by Ted Hughes

CFP: Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words and Fragments

Dr. Maeve O'Brien (aka theplathdiaries ) has announced a Call For Papers for two-day symposium to celebrate the release of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1 at The MAC and Ulster University Belfast, 10-11th November, 2017. The symposium title is  Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words and Fragments and will be held at Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 10-11 November 2017. This is terrifically exciting. And that is an understatement. Papers are encouraged but not limited to the following subjects: - (Re)reading and recuperating Plath - Published/unpublished Plath - Plath and her archives - Plath and her correspondences - Plath and friendship - Plath and biography - Ecocriticism - Representations of Plath in popular culture - Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath - Plath, her peers and literary influences - Feminism and Plath - Plath and Whiteness - Queering Plath - Plath and place - Plath and voice Papers from all disciplines are welcome - with full panels

Ex-libris Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes Book For Sale

A rare book recently appeared for sale that is not for the faint of wallet. Offered by Blakeney Griffin Booksellers of London, this copy of the anthology Light Blue, Dark Blue (1960) comes from the Estate of Olwyn Hughes. Some of the particulars from the listing: Publisher: Macdonald, London, 1960. Book Condition: Not Set. First edition, first impression. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in navy blue. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket. Price: £8,500 Light Blue, Dark Blue is "An Anthology of Recent Writing from Oxford and Cambridge Universities" and was edited by Julian Mitchell & John Fuller for Oxford and William Donaldson & Robin McLaren for Cambridge. "From the library of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath with Plath's inscription to the front free endpaper, 'Ted & Sylvia Hughes London 1960'." "A breath-taking copy of this notable anthology famously printing (besides a poem from Hughes's Hawk

Preview The Letters of Sylvia Plath

The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1 is set to be published by Faber and Faber in England on 5 October 2017. The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2 is scheduled to follow in 2018. Volume 1 of the book will be published in the United States by HarperCollins in hardback on 17 October and in an e-book format (Kindle) a week earlier, on 10 October. This is all good news! As a co-editor of this forthcoming two-volume Letters of Sylvia Plath , and as the moderator of the Sylvia Plath Info Blog, Faber and Faber and the Estate of Sylvia Plath have granted me permission to temporarily post online the letters of Sylvia Plath. Please keep in mind that as this is just a preview, most of the preliminary pages are absent. So, if you click this link, you can see the letters of Sylvia Plath, volume 1 . All links accessed 31 March and 1 April 2017.