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The Handwritten Track Lists of Sylvia Plath March 8, 2013: Over at the Houghton Library Blog, there's a fascinating analysis of Sylvia Plath's handwritten track-lists from her 1958 and 1959 recordings. The recordings and track-lists are especially interesting because they pre-date the publication of The Colossus, her first collection, by two years: In Plath’s penmanship, particularly as it appears [...] by

The Search for Sylvia Plath’s Obituary February 12, 2013: The Atlantic's Ashley Fetters went looking for an obituary for Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide 50 years ago this week, but was surprised to find... none. Fetters writes: At the time of her death by suicide—50 years ago, on February 11, 1963—she was a published novelist and an acclaimed poet; beyond that, she was also a [...] by

Lena Dunham, Jacqueline Rose, and Other Writers Think of Sylvia February 11, 2013: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's suicide, and at The Guardian, several poets and writers have reflected on The Bell Jar: "My focus through most of college was 'confessional female poets' with an emphasis on those who had committed suicide," writes Lena Dunham. Huh! Sharon Olds, Jennifer Egan, Jeanette Winterson, Jacqueline [...] by

Misguided Cover for Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar Inspires Parodies February 4, 2013: We recently covered all the covers for Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar--and you must've seen the UK revamp for the 50th-anniversary edition (up top, to the right of Shirley Tucker's original design). Well, Faber's chick-lit face for the novel has inspired 1) much argument, with The Independent calling it "an insult to women everywhere," and 2) [...] by

A Visual History of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar January 14, 2013: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, Flavorwire has compiled a collection of the book's diverse covers through the years. We're drawn to the sparsity of the 1963 Heinemann First Edition, with its ghostly imagery and bright-pink block lettering; as well as the romance novel–esque cover of the 1972 Bantam [...] by

Having Martinis with Plath and Sexton January 3, 2013: The holidays came and went, and in the flurry of eggnog and balls dropping, we missed this item over at This Recording. Emily Rosenberg writes about finding affinities rather than strife between Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, calling their relationship "an angry symbiosis." Rosenberg gives some biographical background on the relationship [...] by

Sylvia Plath Is My Friend December 12, 2012: Lauren Quinn at This Recording has posted a bunch of vignettes of what it'd be like to be friends with famous (dead) poets. She talks about bad poetry readings with Jim Carroll, cooking with Lucille Clifton, hating on Octavio Paz with Roberto Bolano, and then this little gem with Sylvia Plath: I’m fifteen when I send Sylvia an [...] by

Carol Ann Duffy on the Importance of Sylvia Plath November 5, 2012: Carol Ann Duffy was tasked with editing a new selected poems by Sylvia Plath. Over at the Guardian, she reflects on why Plath has been important to her throughout her writing career and why Plath is important to poetry in general. Duffy writes: Although she had published her first collection, The Colossus and Other Poems, in 1960, and [...] by

Wherever Do Thou Lodgest, Sylvia Plath, Now? November 1, 2012: The Rumpus has a vagueish inquiry into the whereabouts of Sylvia Plath today--after quoting from a few reductive, antiquated reviews of "the woman poet," David Beispiel asks: So, now, why not ask, what of Sylvia Plath? Where is she? I mean, what of Sylvia Plath, who would have turned 80 this year, nowadays? I’m not sure I can go [...] by

A Sylvia Plath Birthday Round-up October 29, 2012: Sylvia Plath would've turned 80 on Saturday and the internet was abuzz with tributes. Here's a sampling: from Roger Ebert; a new collection, curated by Carol Ann Duffy; a Telegraph remembrance; oh, and it was Dylan Thomas' birthday, too! by