16 November 2018

Reviews of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2

The immediacy of Twitter has often inadvertently led to the absence of some information on Sylvia Plath appearing on this blog. For example, the reviews of the Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2 have been tweeted and recorded on my bibliography of reviews of Plath's work on my website, but not here. So I thought I might do a little blog post to post the reviews and include links to however many that I can which appear online. Linking to reviews is presently a feature on my website that I do not take the time to do. Perhaps I should? Probably not, I still fear the breaking of links as it what so often happened earlier in this century.


Here are the reviews, including some pieces which are more coverage of the book, of Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2 that have been published to date (or will be shortly--Rollyson and Schoerke). Some are behind paywalls and one just is not online. Some were printed in the newspaper on a date different to when it appeared online and often with a different title...which makes bibliography in the 21st-century really difficult. For some, like the Financial Times, I have not see the printed version so page numbers are missing. Lastly, some reviews, like Paul Alexander's, appeared in several subsequent newspapers but I have only listed the first appearance.

Adams, Alexander. "The poetry and the pain." Spiked. November 13, 2018.

Alexander, Paul, "Plath's Joy and Desolation." The Washington Post. November 4, 2018: E10.

Bate, Jonathan. "I now see the man I loved is dead." The Times. September 8, 2018: 13.

Bayley, Sally. "Plath's Passions." Literary Review. October 2018: 22-23.

Carey, John. "Dispatches from a heart in agony." Sunday Times. September 9, 2018: 36.

Chiasson, Dan. "'The Girl That Things Happen To'." The New Yorker. November 5, 2018: 62-7.

Clark, Alex. "Who was the real Sylvia Plath?" Financial Times. October 5, 2018.

Cooke, Rachael. "Sylvia's Plath and other torments." The Observer. September 9, 2018: 44-5.

Ferri, Jessica. "Revealed: Sylvia Plath's Last Desperate Letters." The Daily Beast. November 9, 2018.

Haas, Lidija. "New Books." Harper's. October 2018: 83-6.

Lowry, Elizabeth. "Marriage as religion...Plath's correspondence captures life with Ted Hughes in all its joys and agonies." The Guardian. September 19, 2018: 16-17.

Meyers, Jeffrey. "Plath has the last wounding word." Standpoint. November 2018: 50-2.

Raine, Craig. "'Ted is liar. Ted beats me up. Ted wishes me dead': Sylvia Plath descends into madness and misery." The Spectator. September 15, 2018: 31-2.

Roiphe, Katie, "Mad Girl's Love Song." The New York Times Book Review. November 10, 2018: 39.

Rollyson, Carl. "Sylvia out in the cold." The New Criterion. December 2018: 78-82.

Schoerke, Meg. "'I know the bottom, she says': Sylvia Plath's Correspondence 2." The Hudson Review. Autumn 2018: 629-39.

Seaman, Donna. "The Letters of Sylvia Plath." Booklist. October 1, 2018.

Sehgal, Parul. "A Marriage Falters and Masks Fall Away." The New York Times. October 24, 2018: C4.

Solly, Meilan. "Sylvia Plath's Last Letters Paint Visceral Portrait of Her Marriage, Final Years." Smithsonian.com. October 31, 2018.

Sullivan, Hannah. "Revealing Sylvia Plath." TLS. November 2, 2018: 3-4.

"The Letters of Sylvia Plath." [Starred Review] Kirkus Reviews. August 1, 2018.

"The Letters of Sylvia Plath." [Starred Review] Publishers Weekly. August 6, 2018.

Wagner, Erica. "In sorrow and in anger." New Statesman. September 19, 2017: 67.

"A well-worn Plath." Private Eye. September 21-October 4, 2018: 34.

Wilson, Andrew. "The darkness that claimed Sylvia Plath." Evening Standard. September 20, 2018: 40.

Wood, Gaby. "'Now, I shall grow out of his shadow...' — Sylvia Plath's last letter." The Telegraph. September 15, 2018: 8-9.

Yandava, Ramya. "The Last Letters of Sylvia Plath." Cornell Daily Sun. November 13, 2018.

The Hudson Review and New Criterion pieces, by Meg Schoerke and Carl Rollyson, respectively, should be out shortly. And I have heard that The Atlantic will publish a review in their January/February 2018 issue, so look for that in mid-December.

All links accessed 15 and 16 November 2018.

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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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