13 March 2018

HarperCollins Reissues 4 Sylvia Plath Books

HarperCollins recently reissued four Sylvia Plath books with new covers on their Harper Perennial Modern Classics imprint.

The four books are: Ariel, Ariel: The Restored Edition, The Collected Poems, and Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams.

Ariel, (HarperCollins | Amazon) This is the first full reissue & repackaging of Plath's most famous collection of poems since 1999. It's also the first time, ever, in the US that Plath's Ariel is published with non-white/cream cover.



Ariel: The Restored Edition, (HarperCollins | Amazon) This is the first repackaging of Ariel: The Restored Edition since 2005, when it first appeared in paperback. I love, love, love the note on the back of the book: "Sylvia Plath's famous collection, as she intended it."  Perfect.




The Collected Poems, (HarperCollins | Amazon) This is the first repackaging of both The Collected Poems and Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams since 2008.



Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, (HarperCollins | Amazon)



Books can be ordered from HarperCollins and Amazon.com (links above) and found in bookstores across the country.

If you are interested in a pictorial history, of sorts, of Plath's books (and books about Plath), please do head over to A celebration, this is, and visit the photo galleries.

And just because I can, now, here is the HarperCollins cover of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963. As of right now, the book will be published in the US on 30 October in hardback and Kindle edition. The book will be published in the UK a bit earlier, on 6 September 2018. Get ready!


The photograph on the cover comes from Plath's passport photo from 1959. The passport itself is held by Emory University.

All links accessed 7 and 12 March 2018.

4 comments :

A Piece of Plathery said...

Ordered, so ordered! Thank you.

Hélène said...

can't wait for volume 2!

citronyella said...

I have the UK version of Vol. 1. Will the UK Vol. 2 have a silk bookmark ribbon sewn in? Will the UK Vol. 2 dust jacket illustration be different from the US Vol. 2? thanks for your reply!

Peter K Steinberg said...

Citronyella, Hi! Thanks for your comment. I would assume the second volume will have a bookmark as the first volume did. And, I do believe the V2 cover will be different from the US edition; but I haven't yet see the final design for the book cover. ~pks

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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.

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