22 January 2019

Sylvia Plath's Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom Published in US Today

Today is the official publication day of the HarperCollins edition of Sylvia Plath's Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom.

The ISBN for the HarperCollins edition of Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom is 978-0-06-294083-4 and copies are reasonably priced at $9.99.

Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom is for sale via the link above to HarperCollins' website, as well as from Amazon and other booksellers. The book is also available in a Kindle edition.

For a short story, it has received an intense amount of press which is a fantastic thing, even when some of the press is bizarre, filled with mistakes, etc. But, the press is the press...

The first article appear was Richard Lea. "'It's about breaking out': Unseen short story by Sylvia Plath to be published." The Guardian. October 27, 2018: 3. Several other articles were published after but they did not present additional information, I don't think.

"Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom" was then serialized in The Guardian and in the Wall Street Journal on 29 December 2018 in advance of Faber and Faber's publication of the story in the UK on 3 January.

Kim at HarperAcademic had a telephone call with Rebecca Baumann of the Lilly Library which posted on 17 January 2019. It is wonderful, so please give this a listen. Rebecca is the head of Public Services at the Lilly and we should all thank her and the staff at the Lilly for their help.

Here are some articles and reviews:

Leaf Arbuthnot. "Review: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath — newly uncovered Plath story." The Sunday Times. January 6, 2019.

Sarah Bahr. "IU library says it has 'lost' story by Plath." The Indianapolis Star. January 14, 2019: 4A.

Oliver Bennett. "A love story that ended in suicide." The Express. January 4, 2019: 4.

Emily Bobrow, "A lost story by Sylvia Plath." The Economist. January 10, 2019.

Deborah Brown "Wellesley’s own Sylvia Plath: a newly released short story." The Swellesley Report. January 17, 2019.

Lillian Brown. "Newly found Plath story to be published." The Boston Globe. January 11, 2019: B12.

Mariana Fernandez. "Sylvia Plath’s Recently Discovered Short Story Reveals a Dark Literary Thread in the Writer’s Work." The Observer. January 12, 2019.

Elisa Gabbert. "Against Completion: On Sylvia Plath's New Short Story." Paris Review. January 14, 2019.

Paul Sehgal. "A Newly Published Story for the New Way We Read Sylvia Plath." The New York Times. January 15, 2019.

Katy Waldman, "A Lost Story by Sylvia Plath Contains the Seeds of the Writer She Would Become." The New Yorker. 7 January 2019.

Andrew Wilson, "Sylvia Plath's journey into the heart of darkness." Evening Standard. 

If you are interested about the real Mary Ventura, please make sure to look at Plath's adolescent diaries held by the Lilly Library, her published JournalsThe Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1, and my blog post: "Sylvia Plath's Mary Ventura".

All links accessed 7, 18, and 22 January 2019.

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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.
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2, 1956-1963. London: Faber, 2018.
  • 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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