Joanna Biggs: Sylvia Plath at 86
20 December 2018
Show More The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. I: 1940-56 edited by Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil.
Faber, 1388 pp., £35, September 2017, 978 0 571 32899 4Show More
The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. II: 1956-63 edited by Peter Steinberg and Karen Kukil.
Faber, 1025 pp., £35, September 2018, 978 0 571 33920 4Show More
“... enough to deserve all this.’ She was studying The Mayor of Casterbridge, and trying to ‘twist out a chunk of my life and put it on paper’, as she told Prouty, under the influence of, in turn, Edna St Vincent Millay, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Roethke, Virginia Woolf and Stephen Vincent Bénet. When her friend Ann Davidow left Smith after one term, Plath’s first letter to her, written through ...”