Letters, volume 1

November 14, 2017

Volume one of the Letters of Sylvia Plath has just been released by HarperCollins Publishers, an undertaking that The Guardian calls “tangled,” “fraught,” and “newsworthy.” This volume covers the period up to Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes; a second volume is due next autumn.

The 1,424-page collection contains the full, unedited versions of Plath’s early letters (most from before she was 20). If that sounds daunting, Sarah Churchwell’s article in The Guardian may help.

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on poetry

October 27, 2017


“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.”
Sylvia Plath
(October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963)

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quote from The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
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forthcoming, again

August 15, 2016

The Bell JarHere’s another title for your watch-for-the-film file: The Bell Jar. Actor Kirsten Dunst will direct Dakota Fanning in the production, scheduled to begin in early 2017. This will be Dunst’s debut as a director, but The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, has been seen on screen before: in 1979, starring Marilyn Hassett and Julie Harris, and in the 2003 biographical drama, “Sylvia,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, and Michael Gambon.

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Reasons to go to…Vermont!

February 8, 2016

Rivendell Books

Should you be craving a change of scenery along with some new voices to inspire your poetry, consider spending a spring Weekend at the Writing House in Montpelier, Vermont. On April 16 and 17, 2016, poets Baron Wormser and Jeanne Marie Beaumont will offer a two-day intensive, Being with Poets: Plath and Shakespeare. From the course description:

Sylvia Plath was deeply attuned to the poetry of Shakespeare. His work offered her an emotional scope, a trove of verse techniques, a bottomless vocabulary, a stunning range of tones (both comic and tragic), the felt presence of classical themes, and an insistence on the primacy of drama. Accordingly, we will be looking at some Plath poems through the Shakespearean lens to see how she seized upon his plays as an aid to creating poems that were brief yet powerful dramas. Any poet with ambition yearns to reach the phenomenal eloquence Shakespeare represents. Plath not only had that ambition, she worked deliberately and intuitively at making that eloquence her own.

Limited to six participants, the weekend will engage deeply with texts and writers in a small, intently focused group. To learn more, see the Being with Poets description and information about the Writing House or contact Baron Wormser by email.
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Thanks to Linda Lambert for the suggestion.
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