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This grey-blue school exercise book contains two drafts of ‘A Pink Wool Knitted Dress’, a poem by Ted Hughes later published in Birthday Letters. The poem is a poetic exploration of Hughes and Plath’s wedding day in 1956. Like many poems in the collection, it is self-consciously framed as a memory but it also brings the act of recollection into question. In the published poem, for instance,...
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Manuscript drafts of 'A Pink Wool Knitted Dress' by Ted Hughes

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"I’m no more your mother
Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
Effacement at the wind’s hand."
--from "Morning Song" by Sylvia Plath
Celebrating the life and work of Sylvia Plath on the 84th anniversary of her birth.

"Daddy"

You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which I have lived like a foot
For thirty years, poor and white,
Barely daring to breathe or Achoo.

Daddy, I have had to kill you.
You died before I had time——
Marble-heavy, a bag full of God,
Ghastly statue with one gray toe ...
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Today is the 84th anniversary of the birth of Sylvia Plath.

"The Colossus"

I shall never get you put together entirely,
Pieced, glued, and properly jointed.
Mule-bray, pig-grunt and bawdy cackles
Proceed from your great lips.
It’s worse than a barnyard.

Perhaps you consider yourself an oracle,
Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other.
Thirty years now I have labored
To dredge the...
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: "The story of poet Plath’s first and only novel – Plath committed suicide a month after publication; her husband, Ted Hughes, kept it from being published in the US for nearly a decade – often overshadow the work itself. Dark, perceptive, and as immediate as other classics of young adult alienation like Catcher in the Rye, this novel captures the isolation of the...
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20 Authors' First Books to Read in Your Twenties

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The Melancholia actor is to make her directorial debut with a version of Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel

Kirsten Dunst to direct The Bell Jar starring Dakota Fanning

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Sylvia Plath via The British Library

A close reading of 'Ariel'

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: "A favorite of high school English classes, this book was not published in the U.S. until years after the poet’s own death by suicide. In this autobiographical novel, Plath describes the experiences of Esther Greenwood, a talented young writer who wins an internship at a New York magazine (just as Plath did) yet finds little meaning in anything that happens, and...
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The Black Dog: 6 Books to Understand Depression

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Sylvia Plath is so ingrained in popular literary culture that her mythical status can often cast a wide shadow over the details of her actual writing. The revered American writer, sometimes known m…

How Sylvia Plath’s Rare Honors Thesis Helped Me Understand My Divided Self

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"We have no doubt that poet and novelist Sylvia Plath was a big reader of more highbrow fare, but in a letter to her mother, Plath expressed her love for a more practical kind of book: 'If you have a chance, could you send over my Joy of Cooking? It’s the one book I really miss!'”

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"Waking In Winter" by Sylvia Plath

I can taste the tin of the sky —- the real tin thing.
Winter dawn is the color of metal,
The trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves.
All night I have dreamed of destruction, annihilations —-
An assembly-line of cut throats, and you and I
Inching off in the gray Chevrolet, drinking the green
Poison of stilled lawns, the little clapboard...
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"This is what it is the business of the artist to do. Art is theft, art is armed robbery, art is not pleasing your mother."
--from THE SILENT WOMAN: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hugh by Janet Malcolm

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