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Sylvia Plath's First Suicide Attempt

It seems impossible not to search for Sylvia Plath. Whatever that means either to you or to me. In the last year I have located a few more articles on her first suicide attempt, which was made on 24 August 1953, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  The new articles were found in the Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, Florida), The State (Columbia, South Carolina), the Tulsa Daily World (Tulsa, Oklahoma), and an additional article that ran in the Meriden Journal (Meriden, Connecticut).  The article in the Pensacola News Journal was found rather by accident as Plath's name is not mentioned in the article. But as you can see it is clearly about this bright young Smith College student. An image of each of these articles, as well as transcriptions, have been added to the b ibliography of articles on Sylvia Plath's first suicide attempt on my website for Sylvia Plath, A celebration, this is .  The current count of articles that appeared over these few days in August, 1953, is 311.  Al

Sylvia Plath Collections: The Hughes Family Album

In previous years, I have created item-level catalogues for some of Sylvia Plath's scrapbooks (and one of Ted Hughes). I am happy to say that I am in the position to provide a page by page, photograph by photograph description of the Hughes Family Album assembled by Sylvia Plath between [1956] and 1962 that sold recently at Sotheby's.  No, I did not buy it. I wish! Rather, I was able to work with photographs of all the pages. The previous catalogs are as follows: High School scrapbook (Lilly Library) Smith College scrapbook (Lilly Library) Ted Hughes publications scrapbook (Emory University) In addition to these above, Plath maintained, with less enthusiasm I think, a publications clipping scrapbook which is held by Smith College. However, the volume was disassembled and by that I mean individual clipped publications have been removed to folders for each respective work (the paper of the scrapbooks is very acidic, and the tape used was, of course, bad...Basic tape and archi

Guest Post: 'I must make my own Cambridge'

The following is a guest blog post by Natalie Hurt, University of Sheffield, on visiting the University of Cambridge and working in with the Anne Stevenson archive. Thank you, Natalie! ~pks For pretty much the entire time I have been researching Sylvia Plath, the worldwide pandemic has been looming over my head. That has meant no travel and no library visits for me and has limited my experience of archives to purely online encounters – which is still exciting but isn’t the same! So, when restrictions started to lift in the UK, and my dissertation supervisor suggested I go to Cambridge to look at the Anne Stevenson papers in their university archives, I knew I had to go. I’m currently writing my MA dissertation on the Sylvia Plath estate and their efforts to control Plath’s biography, so the Anne Stevenson papers seemed essential to my argument. Cambridge is also one of the many stops that any Plath devotee will make at one point or another, which made going there all the more exciting.