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The Sketches of Sylvia Plath

By Harriet Staff

The Paris Review Daily points us to a slideshow at The Telegraph of Sylvia Plath's sketches, which were exhibited in November at London's Mayor Gallery. "The delicacy and precision of her execution will come as no surprise to fans of Plath’s writing; her mastery of the medium may."

The Telegraph writes that "The collection, which was passed onto Plath’s daughter, Freida Hughes, by her father, Ted Hughes, clearly shows the strong connection between Plath’s writing and artwork." There's even a sketch called "The Bell Jar." Plath wrote about the drawing that "I had removed my patent leather shoes after a while, for they foundered badly in the sand. It pleased me to think they would be perched there on a silver log pointing out to sea, like a sort of soul-compass after I was dead."

View the slideshow here.

Originally Published: June 13th, 2012