18 March 2019

Sylvia Plath Letters Event: Stockton University

Emily Van Duyne (Twitter)—whose work on Sylvia Plath you should know (LitHub, Electric Lit, The Smart Set, LitHub again, and LitHub again as well as a forthcoming review of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 2 in the Harvard Review and a monograph-in-progress on Plath entitled Loving Sylvia Plath)—invited me to give a talk on Sylvia Plath and the Letters at her university, Stockton University, in Galloway, New Jersey and it was an offer I could not refuse.

So, this is a blog post to inform and invite anyone who is in the area to attend the talk which is open to the public.

Time: 6 pm
Date: 1 April 2019
Place: Campus Center Theater


On that Monday before the talk I will be sitting on on two of Emily's classes to talk Plath. She is teaching the Beuscher letters and The Silent Woman as part of a comparative study. That afternoon, as well, I will sit in on a psychology class taught by Kaite Yang. On Tuesday, I look forward to sitting in on her colleague Thomas Kinsella's class.


Funding for this opportunity was provided by a 2020 Learning Grant, as well as the American Studies and Literature programs at Stockton.

All links accessed 28 February 2019.

13 March 2019

Sylvia Plath's Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom Event

Last evening was the a wonderful WSJPlus/HarperCollins event on Sylvia Plath's recently published short story Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom at the showroom of MM.LaFleur on 42nd Street at Bryant Park. Manhattan is always a whirlwind experience--a hullabaloo, as Plath said.

It was a terrifically Plathian day all around, receiving interesting emails from people and also getting the proofs of the paperback editions of both volumes of The Letters of Sylvia Plath. When it rains, it Plaths.

My thanks to Carla Zanoni for asking me to participate and for being a wonderful host and conversationalist. The room was full of people and I enjoyed the rapport, the questions and chatting, and in particular just seeing and reading the genuine interest in peoples faces.

Here is a clip of Carla reading from the story.

My thanks, too, to Carl Rollyson for coming. It was awesome to chat with a familiar face before the gig started and was wonderfully calming.

Look for the next blog post on Monday...another event!

07 March 2019

Sylvia Plath Poems Published Today by Faber

Faber and Faber has reissued Sylvia Plath Poems Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy today.

The book is 160 pages, the ISBN is 978-0-571-34851-0 and it retails for £9.99.

Copies are available, as you might imagine, from the publisher as well as from sites like Amazon.co.uk.

All links accessed 6 March 2018.

05 March 2019

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

In the United States, today marks the publication day of HarperCollins' hardback edition of Sylvia Plath's short story Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom.

Upon publication of the paperback in January, Parul Sehgal wrote in the New York Times: "[Plath's] story is stirring, in sneaky, unexpected ways…Look carefully and there's a new angle here — on how, and why, we read Plath today."


The list price is $15.99. The ISBN is: 978-0-06-294085-8. The front of the jacket features the same image as the paperback and the back of the book quotes the estimable Andrew Wilson from when news of the story's publication broken in October 2018.


The book itself is in a beautiful blue cloth with gold spine lettering.


Copies are available from HarperCollins (preferred), as well as via Amazon.com.

Event reminder: If you are a Wall Street Journal+ member, you can register to attend an event next Tuesday, 12 March, in Manhattan.

All links accessed: 28 February and 3 and 5 March 2019.

01 March 2019

Sylvia Plath Event in New York City

On Tuesday 12 March 2019, I will be joining Carla Zanoni, an editor at the Wall Street Journal, at an event discussing Sylvia Plath's short story "Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom", recently published by HarperCollins. We'll be discussing other Plathian things and themes, too.

The event will be at the MM.LaFleur Bryant Park Showroom located at 130 W 42nd Street on the 13th Floor. It starts at 6 with registration and reception. The discussion and Q & A starts at 6:30 and a networking reception starts at 7:30.

This is a neat opportunity and I am grateful to Carla Zanoni, Amber Burton, and Alix Milne for organizing the event as asking me to be there. I am terrifically excited to participate in this event.

All links accessed 16 and 28 February 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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