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Update: The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963

Just a friendly blog post today to let you know that The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963  was sent off recently to the printers! This is true the point of no return. You can pre-order the Faber UK edition via and the HarperCollins US edition via . If it is free international shipping you fancy, give Book Depository a shot: Faber edition ; HarperCollins edition . All links accessed: 21 and 24 May 2018

Sylvia Plath Anthologized

I recently learned (or rather was reminded) that two of Sylvia Plath's poems and a photograph of her were printed in an anthology in 1963, just a few months after her death. Two poems and a photo of Ted Hughes were included, too. This book and the poems are not listed in Stephen Tabor's Analytical Bibliography . The book is The Modern Poets: An American-British Anthology (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963). It was edited by John Malcolm Brinnin and Bill Read and includes photographs by Rollie McKenna. Brinnin would have known McKenna for years as she famously photographed his Welsh buddy, the poet Dylan Thomas. And McKenna photographed Plath and Hughes in Boston sometime during the Boston year in 1958-1959. A review of the book, "Handsomest of Poetry Anthologies", appeared in the Boston Globe on 19 May 1963, next to the article "Anne Sexton Plans Tour of Europe: Commitment Necessary To Be Poet". The two Hughes poems are "Hawk Roosting" and &qu

Sylvia Plath in the Grecourt Review

Sylvia Plath's colleague at Smith College, Marlies Kallmann Danziger, passed away in March 2018 . She taught at Smith when Plath was a student and a colleague in the department of English at Smith College in the 1957-1958 academic year. This copy of the Grecourt Review 1 from November 1957, which prints Plath's poem "All the Dead Dears", may have been her's as it bears the ownership inscription "Miss Kallman" on the cover (bottom left). I acquired this copy back in 2012 and never did anything with it (I had always meant to present it on the blog but just never did; got distracted by a little project on her Letters ). But, having just learned of her passing, I felt it was worth writing about now. Danziger appears in Plath's journals in several entries (12 January 1958, 22 January 1958, 8 February 1958, 27 February 1958, 5 May 1958 (twice), and 19 May 1958). Kallman apparently lived in Albright House and had her office in Library 52, accord

These Ghostly Archives Turns 1

Happy Birthday to us. Happy Anniversary to us. Happy Birthiversary to These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath . Happy Anniverthday to us. Just a small blog post today to say that These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath by Gail Crowther and some other person was published one year ago tomorrow, 11 May 2017! After it was published, the bombshell that we had located lost Plath poems made international news , which is still hard to believe. You can still buy it on Amazon US , Amazon UK , and via other retailers. Some Waterstones stores even stock it, which tickles us! A big heartfelt and sincere thank you to anyone and everyone who has purchase the book, the ebook, or even borrowed it from your library. And of course, my deepest, most sincere gratitude to Gail Crowther for letting me write with and to her. All links accessed 10 May 2018.

Update: The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2

Hello! It is with great pleasure to let  you know that Sunday night, 29 April 2018, I sent in the files to Faber & Faber for The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2: 1956-1963 . [twiddling thumbs]         [still twiddling thumbs]                        [now what to do?] The HarperCollins edition, to be published on 30 October 2018. The files included the final, final, final, final, final, final (etc.) proof of book itself, the front matter, the image plates & captions, and the index. Having read the volume four times since last August already, I feel it a good book and certainly, obviously, picks up from where Volume 1 concludes. I am sure you have questions. However, as in the aftermath of finishing Volume 1, I am not able at the moment to discuss anything about the volume, so I do appreciate that each of you will not ask questions!  The UK cover is under review; so as soon as it is finalized and I have permission I will post in here and on Twitter, etc.