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Sylvia Plath's Empty Calendar Boxes

Plath's 1950-1953 journal Entry 118 in Sylvia Plath's journals shows her using some of her own primary source materials that she used in her active daily life which are held now in her archives.  Of course, the journal is an object we all know of, and a document with which some have even worked. But she references her wall calendar which she had with her that year at Smith College, in Wellesley, and in Swampscott, at the least.   Plath writes in her journal: "Suddenly, I stopped dead. I had opened my calendar to the month of August as usual, to write in the neat white box labeled with day and date, a scant summary of the activities completed in the last 12 hours. Sickened, I saw that I had unwittingly completed the last day of August. Tomorrow would be September. God!" (93). Because Plath's archives are dispersed all over the place, sometimes it can only be through visiting multiple archives, multiple times, before things really crystallize and make sense. Thi

Sylvia Plath and Man at Yale

This blog has highlighted the Amherst young men that Sylvia Plath knew and mentioned in her letters. And, as well, a "who's who" at Smith College from Plath's time, looking specifically at the administrators and teachers circa 1957-8. This blog post looks at Yale students. You have the letters and journals, by now, so I will leave you to work with the notes and index to read the ways in which Plath mentions and interacted with these fellows. The list of men here is from the Letters and is in the order of their appearance. Frustratingly, not all of the players in Plath's life had usable photographs in digitized editions of Yale's yearbook. So I did the best that I could in finding them and even had to go to other resources for a few. For many that was their high school yearbook and even digitized newspapers. I was unable to find a photograph of Joze Kostelec (1930–2014). Vol I. Charles Perry Norton (1932– ) Richard Allen Norton (1929– ) Oliver Trull Ca

Published Today: The Collected Writings of Assia Wevill

Published today by the LSU Press is The Collected Writings of Assia Wevill , co-edited by Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick and Peter K. Steinberg. ISBN: 9780807171356. The book is available directly from the  LSU website , and, as well, via  Amazon  and other book websites. Please consider buying from local, independent bookstores. If you live outside of the US you can order it from Book Depository or from the press directly. Thank you for considering buying our book. Please join us this Saturday for a Zoom book launch! 1 p.m. New York time. The description of the book: " The Collected Writings of Assia Wevill marks a significant development in literary recovery efforts related to Assia Wevill (1927–1969), who remains a critically important figure in the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Sylvia Plath and the British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Editors Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick and Peter K. Steinberg located over 150 texts authored by Assia Wevill and curated them into a coll

Bonhams to sell a copy of Sylvia Plath's A Winter Ship

On 1 December 2021, Bonhams is offering in Auction 26775 a copy of Sylvia Plath's A Winter Ship , printed by the Tragara Press in 1960. 24 copies sold in three separate lots in their June auction, and this is a 25th copy with provenance to Plath, the Estate of Sylvia Plath, and Frieda Hughes.  The Lot is 159 , and the estimated price is £800-1,200/US$1,100-1,600. Happy bidding and good luck!   All links accessed 5 November 2021.

Another Reversed Sylvia Plath Photograph

Earlier this year in May, I did a blog post on a reversed photograph  of Sylvia Plath that was printed in the Cambridge newspaper Varsity . In that post, I alluded to having found another one. Well, here you go. This one appeared first in Bitter Fame . This is the photograph that appeared in the book... Plath was right handed and like most righties, she wore her watch on her left hand. (Though there are some freaks out there, such as myself, who are right-handed and wear their watch on their right wrist!) But in the image above you can see the watch appears on her "right" wrist.  Below the photograph has been flipped horizontally. Now the watch appears on her left wrist and the squirmy-looking baby Frieda Hughes is primarily nestled in her right arm, her baby-bum supported by Plath's probably stronger hand, the right one.  The first post on reversed images, Parting Ways with Sylvia Plath , appeared in 2013. I hope that you find these posts useful, helpful, and interesting

Book Launch: The Collected Writings of Assia Wevill

Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick and I would like to invite any and all interested in our book, The   Collected Writings of Assia Wevill, to join us on Zoom for a celebratory book launch. We plan to each read a letter, a journal entry, a poem, and discuss a bit why the book was important to us to bring out. Time permitting we can field some questions.  Date: Saturday, 13 November 2021 Time: 1 pm, Eastern US time Duration: 30-45 minutes Click here to register!!    Remember to use discount code 04GIFT when you order direct from the LSU Press .  All links accessed 30 October and 1 November 2021.