01 January 2018

43 Newly Found Articles on Sylvia Plath's First Suicide Attempt

On 24 August 2017, I put out a call for help in searching for articles on Sylvia Plath's first suicide attempt. Tim Clair of Plath Project came to the rescue! Searching a combination of web resources, he identified an article from Mount Pleasant, Iowa's newspaper the Mount Pleasant News.

Tim shared with me his searches and queries and as a result, I signed up for newspapers.com and located a cache of additional newspaper articles from across the country. I also popped up to Harvard and found two additional newspaper articles from the Evening Star out of Washington, D.C., from one of their digital resources. So in all, more than forty new articles on Sylvia Plath's first suicide attempt have been identified. This is incredible and please please join me in thanking Tim very sincerely for heeding the call.

Below is a bibliography of those articles in order by date, and then by newspaper names.

August 25
"Top Student Missing." Newport Daily News. August 25, 1953: 7.

August 26
"Subject…" The Akron Beacon. August 26, 1953: 1.
"Brilliant College Girl is Sought." Albuquerque Journal. August 26, 1953: 17.
"Missing Student Found." The Cincinnati Enquirer. Kentucky edition. August 26, 1953: 11.
"College Poetess Hunted in Woods." The Des Moines Register. August 26, 1953: 1.
"Missing College Girl is Found." Des Moines Tribune. August 26, 1953: 8.
"Missing College Girl, 20, Hunted in Massachusetts." Evening Star. August 26, 1953: A-2.
"Smith College Poetess Object of Wide Search." The Holland Evening-Sentinel. August 26, 1953: 3.
"Police in Greater Boston…" The La Crosse Tribune. August 26, 1953: 21.
"Student Missing." The Miami News. Main edition. August 26, 1953: 1.
"Student Missing." The Miami News. Broward edition. August 26, 1953: 1.
"Searches Comb Woods For 20-Year-Old Girl." The Montgomery Advertiser. August 26, 1953: 10.
"Missing Student Found." The Mount Pleasant News. August 26, 1953: 2.
"Smith College Co-Ed Missing." New Castle News. August 26, 1953: 9.
"Missing Student Found in Cellar of Her Home." The News Journal. August 26, 1953: 1.
"Hound Joins Hunt for Girl." The Orlando Sentinel. August 26, 1953: 16.
"Missing." The Pittsburgh Press. August 26, 1953: 4.
"Girl, Honor Student in College, Missing." The Post-Standard. August 26, 1953: 1.
"Missing Student Found in Cellar." Poughkeepsie Journal. August 26, 1953: 28.

August 27
"Senior Found; Drug Victim." Albany Times-Union. August 27, 1953: 3.
"Missing Co-Ed Found in Cellar." Albuquerque Journal. August 27, 1953: 17.
"Smith College Girl is Found." Asheville Citizen-Times. August 27, 1953: 36.
"Missing Smith College Senior Found in Cellar." The Burlington Free Press. Main edition. August 27, 1953: 2.
"Missing Smith College Senior Found in Cellar." The Burlington Free Press. Other edition. August 27, 1953: 2.
"Missing Girl Found Under Porch of Home." The Cumberland News. August 27, 1953: 1.
"College Girl Found." Daily Press. August 27, 1953: 17.
"Missing College Girl, 20, Found Under Home Porch." Evening Star. August 27, 1953: A-5.
"Missing College Girl Found At Her Home." The Greenville News. August 27, 1953: 1.
"Smith College Poetess Found Unconscious." The Holland Evening-Sentinel. August 27, 1953: 2.
"Missing Honor Student Found." The Indianapolis Star. August 27, 1953: 24.
"Missing Girl Poet Found Unconscious." Long Beach Independent. August 27, 1953: 12.
"Missing College Student Found Asleep in Cellar." The Morning Call. August 27, 1953: 3.
"Missing College Girl Is Found Semi-Conscious." The Montgomery Advertiser. August 27, 1953: 1.
"Co-Ed Found." The Orlando Sentinel. August 27, 1953: 1.
"Find Missing Girl Safe Under Porch." The Post Sentinel. August 27, 1953: 3.
"Home All Along." Shamokin News Dispatch. August 27, 1953: 1.
"Found." Star Tribune. August 27, 1953: 3.
"Missing." The Tampa Times. August 27, 1953: 16.
"Missing College Girl Found Under Porch Of Her Home." The Tampa Tribune. August 27, 1953: 6.
"Will Recover." The Tennessean. August 27, 1953: 10.
"Missing Girl Found Asleep in Mass Home." The Times. August 27, 1953: 9.
"Missing Girl Found in Cellar." The Times Recorder. August 27, 1953: 1.

August 28
"A Wide Search." The Ithaca Journal. August 28, 1953: 11.

So, if you count them all, that's 43 new articles and brings the total up to 256! All of them are now a part of the bibliography of Articles on Sylvia Plath's First Suicide Attempt on my website for Sylvia Plath A celebration, this is, available with images of the articles and transcriptions. Enjoy!

Thank you so much Tim!!!!

All links accessed 28 August 1953, I mean 2017.


Tim Clair said...

You're very welcome, Peter. I was fortunate I had the time to go digging when I did! And how about that "Drug Victim"? Getting quite dramatical there!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tim and Peter. Very exciting research with equally exciting results. Love it!

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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.