When Sylvia Plath was at Smith College, she spent her fair share of free time going out on dates and socializing with Amherst College boys/young men. Some of them she knew from her high school days in Wellesley, too. One of the pleasures of editing her letters was identifying these young men but until recently I really only knew what one of these people looked like: Gordon Lameyer.
Due to the wonders of archives and digitization projects, and even resources like Ancestry.com, more and more "information" (however you wish to define it) is becoming available. This post presents "information" on the young men Plath mentions in her letter. Information as in: what they looked like.
The Amherst College Olio has been digitized and is online for anyone to see. Thank you, Amherst! Using Plath's letters, I then went to each respective yearbook and simply saved an image of the page with the person's senior photograph. I have edited the jpgs to cover up faces and biographies of those that were not relevant to the person who knew Plath. One image depicts a professor Plath met. Beneath photo is a reference to the volume and page number in Plath's letters. There are also references in Plath's journals to some of these fellows, too.
Class of 1951:
William A. Gallop, Jr.
|I: 185, 190, 193, 206, 209, 227, 271–2; SP’s dating of, 183, 202, 214, 216, 220|
William D. Nichols
I: 237n; SP’s dating of, 237–9, 245, 249
Class of 1953
Corbet S. Johnson, Jr.
David N. Keightley
|I: 155, 168, 182–3, 236, 242, 283|
Russell T. Moro
|II: 108, 153, 182–3, 282|
Class of 1954
Austin W. Kenefick, Jr.
|I: 191–3, 215; SP’s dating of, 191|
A. George Gebauer
|I: 699n, 703, 705–6, 724–5, 728, 730, 731–3, 736, 938, 940–1, 943, 946|
Guy W. Wilbor
|I: 227, 249, 253, 278, 696; SP’s correspondence with, 247; SP’s dating of, 227, 248, 262–3, 271, 298, 300|
|I: 834, 848, 1013; SP’s correspondence with, 840–2, 849–51, 1054–6, 1110|
Ralph D. Powell, Jr.
Robert G. Blakesley
|I: 227, 696|
See also "Dr Blakesley" in The Bell Jar
Class of 1955
|Andre Jules Marie Pierre|
David C. Ferner
|I: 732, 747, 754, 758–9, 782, 794, 852|
Frank D. Mayer, Jr.
Malcolm H. Brickett
Richard D. Baughman
Class of 1957
|Robert E. Bagg|
|II: 137, 153|
Other: Professor Oscar Schotté, professor of Biology
|I: 678–9, 696|
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