20 June 2017

Lameyer mss (Lilly Library): Dates and locations of Sylvia Plath slides and photographs

Back in the infancy of this blog, I posted on the Gordon Ames Lameyer mss at the Lilly Library, Indiana University at Bloomington. Since that time in June 2007, I have made several trips back to the Lilly to re-work with the materials. Each archival visit brings a different focus, a different level of importance, and a different and changing meaning and understanding of the materials contained in each library, box, and folder. In March of 2015, I spent four days at the Lilly doing intense research on for the Letters of Sylvia Plath. As is usually, I called for the Lameyer mss to look at the original letters, and as well to look again at the amazingly vibrant slides and photographs held in the collection.

That got me started thinking about the possibility of dating them, to better understand some of the times that Plath spent with Lameyer in various locations in Massachusetts, as well as Paris, Venice, and Rome. The finding aid indicates that there are 21 slides plus additional twenty printed photographs. Some of the printed photographs are from the slides, so the actual number of images is fewer than the 41 indicated by the finding aid. I have, to the best of my ability, been able to date each photograph using a variety of sources but mostly relying Plath's pocket calendars.

For the longest time, some of the photographs struck me as being odd. Then it hit me that the photographs or the slides were printed in reverse. The result was "Parting Ways with Sylvia Plath", a blog post that appeared in 2013. There are some doubting Thomases out there about this research, but on looking at the original photographs as well as high resolution scans, and conducting a little more research into Plath and Lameyer, I can state unequivocally that many of the photographs were printed or developed in reverse. The evidence being that in one photograph taken at Chatham, Massachusetts, you can see Gordon Lameyer's wristwatch. In the print image it appears on his right hand. However, his widow confirmed in an email my suspicion that, being right handed, Lameyer wore his watch on his left hand. The same is true of a photograph of Plath where you can see her wrist watch: in the printed image it appears on her right hand but she, in fact, wore her watch on her left hand as well.

The slides and photographs in the Lameyer mss have been scanned by the ace digitization guru's at the Lilly Library. Their name scheme is lameyer_00001, lameyer_00002, and so on up to lameyer_00032 (at the present time). Using this naming scheme, I have added a brief description of the slide and/or photograph, as well as a circa or precise date and location in the list below and what format the 'thing' is in: slide only, printed photograph only, or slide and printed photograph.

The 21 slides are represented by the numbers lameyer_00001-lameyer_00021. There are eleven additional scans of photographs represented by the numbers lameyer_00022-lameyer_00032. One of the photographs (lameyer_00022) has it's recto and verso scanned (lameyer_00023). There are 10 photographs printed from the slides as well which rounds out the collection.

The remaining images are listed in a separate list afterwards. Unless otherwise stated, photographs are in color.

lameyer_00001:
Sylvia Plath in white bathing suit on the beach,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00002:
Sylvia Plath and Gordon Lameyer on the beach,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00003:
Sylvia Plath in white bathing suit standing with ocean in background,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00004:
Sylvia Plath in white bathing suit laying on her left side on beach,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00005:
Sylvia Plath in white bathing suit on beach with left hand on beach towel,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Slide only

lameyer_00006:
Gordon Lameyer and Sylvia Plath on the beach, SP looking at GL,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00007:
Sylvia Plath in red vest and white shirt with back against a tree,
probably Fall 1954, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Slide only

lameyer_00008:
Sylvia Plath in red vest and white shirt, left arm extended, with President's House, Smith College in background,
probably Fall 1954, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Slide only

lameyer_00009:
Sylvia Plath seated reading holding a dandelion puff with birch trees behind her,
29 August 1954, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Slide only

lameyer_00010:
Sylvia Plath in profile, seated, holding a dandelion puff,
29 August 1954, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00011:
Sylvia Plath on the beach in white bathing suit with blue detailing looking out to sea holding three chocolate chip cookies,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Slide only

lameyer_00012:
Sylvia Plath standing on the beach in white bathing suit with blue detailing looking down,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00013:
Gordon Lameyer and Sylvia Plath on the beach, SP's head against GL's left shoulder,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00014:
Sylvia Plath on bea
ch in blue patterned bathing suit reading 25 June 1955 issue of The New Yorker,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Slide only

lameyer_00015:
Sylvia Plath in blue patterned bathing suit lying on beach towel,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Slide and printed photograph

lameyer_00016:
Sylvia Plath walking in front of Notre Dame Cathedral,
5 April 1956, Paris, France.
Slide only

lameyer_00017:
Sylvia Plath standing in front of parked cars near entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral,
5 April 1956, Paris, France.
Slide only

lameyer_00018:
Sylvia Plath and Gordon Lameyer on gondola,
8 April 1956, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.
Slide only

lameyer_00019:
Sylvia Plath on gondola,
8 April 1956, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy.
Slide only

lameyer_00020:
Sylvia Plath atop Torre dell'Orologio,
8 April 1956, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy.
Slide only

lameyer_00021:
Sylvia Plath seated on basin of Fontana Muta, Rampa Caffarelli,
10 April, 1956, Rome, Italy.
Slide only

lameyer_00022:
Sylvia Plath standing next to open passenger side of car,
circa 3 July 1954, Newport, Rhode Island, (black and white).
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00023:
Verso of previous photograph with caption "Sylvia at Newport",
circa 3 July 1954, Newport, Rhode Island.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00024:
Sylvia Plath in red vest and white shirt seated on hillside,
probably Fall 1954, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00025:
Sylvia Plath in blue pattern blouse seated on ground with books,
1 October 1954, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00026:
Sylvia Plath in blue pattern blouse with left arm extended by Paradise Pond waterfall,
1 October 1954, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00027:
Sylvia Plath in white bathing suit with blue detailing lying on beach towel,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00028:
Sylvia Plath in white bathing suit with blue detailing lying on beach towel, neck slighting shifted to the right,
circa 19-23 June 1955, Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00029:
Gordon Lameyer and Sylvia Plath at the beach, SP looking up to GL,
circa 24 July 1954, Chatham, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00030:
Sylvia Plath lying on rock in white halter,
17 July 1954, Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00031:
Sylvia Plath in white halter with 26 Elmwood Road on the right,
29 August 1954, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Printed photograph only

lameyer_00032:
Sylvia Plath seated on rock with open book,
17 July 1954, Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire.
Printed photograph only

There are additional photographs in the Lameyer mss.
  • Photograph of SP's head pasted onto a letter dated 11 June 1954. This photograph visible in the "Dear Sylvia" manuscript by Lameyer but was no longer present when I received a photocopy of the manuscript. I am unsure where the photograph is.
  • Four black and white photographs taken during Mademoiselle guest editorship, June 1953 (possibly 1 June 1953), affixed to an undated letter, but which dates to circa 20 September 1954:
    • 1) Sylvia Plath in white formal gown (gown held by Smith College);
    • 2) Sylvia Plath seated leaning forward on a chair, with chin resting on right wrist, smiling and looking to the right, holding a rose;
    • 3) Sylvia Plath seated next to a bowl of fruit on love seat, holding a rose; and
    • 4) Sylvia Plath seated, leaning forward on a chair holding a rose, smiling and looking to the left.
  • Sylvia Plath, studio portrait, wearing white collared shirt and sweater, circa 1954-1955 (black and white); and 
  • Sylvia Plath, studio portrait, profile, circa 1955 (black and white).
All links accessed 3 December 2015 and 19 June 2017.

10 June 2017

Sylvia Plath's Smith College Scrapbook

The following is a catalog of the items in Sylvia Plath's Smith College scrapbook held by the Lilly Library in Plath mss II, Oversize 8. As with Plath's high school scrapbook, it is heavily annotated with the memorabilia from her college years. The items here date almost exclusively from the fall of 1951 through early summer 1955, from Plath's sophomore year at Smith College through to her graduation from Smith College and preparation to leave for England on her Fulbright scholarship.

As with the high school scrapbook, the information here was obtained from 16-19 March 2015 on a research visit I made to the Lilly Library. The contents reflect what I saw and photographed at that time. Upon analyzing each page image, it was determined that several of the now loose items were found to be in the wrong folder and/or with the wrong page. So some items will appear in the list below with annotations about where it was photographed and where it should be belong. I used the same descriptors, too: Attachment, Clipping, and Photograph. By my counts, there are, or were, 319 items in the scrapbook: 58 Photographs, 233 Attachments, and 28 Clippings. Also, there are, or were, several missing items. I'm confident about 2 photographs and 1 attachment, and several items as mentioned above were probably/possibly in the wrong folder. There are four blank pages (1, 2, 87, and 88). Excepting the missing photograph of Richard Norton, each of the photographs has a date assigned to it. The dates are as accurate as I have been able to establish from the scrapbook, Plath's diaries, journals, letters, and other sources. Photographs have been described based on a list of photographs provided by the Lilly Library and my own observations.

Page 1
Blank


Page 2
Blank


Page 3
Attachment: "Welcome 1955 to Freshman Day – 1951" program
Clipping: "Football Schedule." New York Herald Tribune


Page 4
Attachment: Invitation to William Frank Buckley's house, 6 October 1951
Photograph: missing; Richard Norton
Attachment: Birthday card from Marcia Brown to SP


Page 5
Attachment: Telegram, Eric Wilson to SP, 9 November 1951
Attachment: "Death of a Cat", electrocardiograph
Photograph: Richard Norton and three other HMS students dissecting a cadaver, Harvard Medical School; circa 1951-1952


Page 6
Attachment: The Yankee Pedlar (menu)
Attachment: Tap Room… The Yankee Pedlar Inn (postcard)


Page 7
Attachment: Publick Room…The Yankee Pedlar Inn (postcard)
Attachment: The Whale Inn, Goshen, Mass. (postcard)
Attachment: The Whale Inn (advertisement)
Attachment: Card: Two Guitars (NYC) "Minimum $2.50"; (belongs on following page)
Attachment: Three matchbook covers: The Whale Inn; Haven House, 15 December 1951; and Yankee Pedler Inn


Page 8
Attachment: Smith College, Christmas Vespers, 14 December 1951, program
Attachment: Hadley Sportsmen's Club, Inc, membership card: "Sylvia Plath – Smith"
Attachment: "Minimum $2.50" card photographed on previous page


Page 9
Attachment: Wellesley College Christmas Dance invitation, 26 December 1951
Attachment: Ticket stub, Don Juan in Hell; Century Theatre, 19 December 1951, C 103
Clipping: Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens from Plymouth Theatre, Boston, Mass.
Attachment: Christmas card from Eric Wilson to SP


Page 10
Attachment: Cornelia Otis Skinner, Paris '90, program, 12 January 1952
Attachment: Cornelia Otis Skinner, Paris '90, program, Academy of Music, 12 January 1950
Attachment: Tavern Room…The Yankee Pedlar Inn (postcard)


Page 11
Attachment: "Smith College Exercises in Commemoration of the 220th anniversary of the birth of Washington", 22 February 1952, program
Attachment: You Axed For It / We Hatched It, program
Attachment: Ticket stub, 22 February 1952, John M. Greene Hall, Balcony Section N Row 2 Seat 21


Page 12
Attachment: Telegram from Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff to SP, 28 February 1952
Photograph: Marcia Brown and Mike Plummer seated at a table playing cards; circa 1952
Attachment: Valentine card with teddy bear from Richard Norton to SP
Photograph: Marcia Brown, studio portrait; circa 1952


Page 13
Attachment: Love Among the Ruins, John M. Greene Hall, 13 March 1952, program
Attachment: missing; probably a ticket stub photographed on following page
Attachment: Five, Student's Building Theatre, Smith College, 19-20 March 1952, program


Page 14
Attachment: Valentine card from Richard Norton to SP; with drawing of a heart inside
Attachment: Boston Opera House, Le Lac Des Cygnes, The Prospect Before Us, Pineapple Poll, 22 March 1952, program
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Usha Mahajan, and Lyn Bartram; circa 30 April 1953
Attachment: Ticket stub; Music Box Theatre, 29 March 1954
***out of place***
Attachment: Ticket stub; 13 March 1952, John M. Greene Hall, Section D, Row 20, Seat 2; (belongs on previous page)

Page 15
Attachment: Ring Round the Moon (12-15 May 1953), program
Attachment: The Daughter of Jorio (18-21 March 1953), program
Photograph: Barbara Michelson and Charlotte Kennedy with other Smith College students at a tennis court; captioned on verso: "For you, Charlotte ma'am – 'a portrait of the thinker' or: 'Fleas?'"; dated "Sept. '53" on verso


Page 16
Clipping: Ann Michaelson, "Maze of Mermaids Anticipate Gala Carnival, Whirl, 'Evening in Aqua'." Current. 24 April 1952: 1; annotated by SP Clipping: "S. Plath, Mary Pell Earn Poetry Awards." The Sophian. 11 December 1952: 1
Clipping: "Neighborhood News." The Townsman. 21 February 1952: 13
Clipping: "Alpha Announces Recent Elections." Current. 1 May 1952: 1; annotated by SP Clipping: "Neighborhood News." The Townsman. 5 June 1952: 6
Clipping: "[C. Wurtele Leads] Soph. Class Push." Current. 8 May 1952: 1; annotated by SP Attachment: Card, "Haven and Wesley send congratulations to our new secretary of Honor Board!"
Attachment: Card' "Sylvia Plath Haven"; "Congratulations! You have been elected to the Editorial Board of Smith Review. Very best of luck next year. '52"
Attachment: Card, from Jan Salter to SP, 27 May 1952
Attachment: Card, invitation to Push party, 16 May 1952


Page 17
Attachment: Esplanade Concerts, 24th season, program
Attachment: Sheraton Hotels matchbook cover
Attachment: deCordova and Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln, Mass., flyer


Page 18
Attachment: The Belmont Hotel, West Harwich (postcard)
Attachment: The Belmont, lunch menu; annotated by SP
Attachment: The Belmont, general manual for employees; annotated by SP
Attachment: The Belmont, paystub


Page 19
Attachment: Card, The Sou'wester, West Chatham, Mass.
Attachment: Card, The Sail Loft, Chatham, Mass.
Attachment: Paycheck No. 51, dated 31 August 1952, from Cantor family to SP
Attachment: Card from Peggy Cantor to SP
Attachment: Chatham Bars Inn and Cottages, matchbook cover
Clipping: "COLLEGE-AGE GIRL." The Christian Science Monitor. 10 July 1952: 15, advertisement; annotated by SP
Photograph: Sylvia Plath holding one half a beach bag; captioned on verso: "Sylvia Plath Age 20 Nauset Beach, Cape Cod; circa July-August 1952
Attachment: Card, Lighthouse Sea-bar, West Dennis, Cape Cod
Photograph: Joan Cantor holding other half of beach bag, Nauset Beach, Cape Cod; circa July-August 1952


Page 20
Attachment: Cape Cod Music Circus, Fledermaus, 14 August 1953, program; annotated on recto and verso by SP. Verso indicates SP saw The Gypsies Worse High Hats, starring Sylvia Sidney at Cape Playhouse, Dennis, with Art Kramer
Photograph: Sylvia Plath face down on beach towel; circa July-August 1952
Attachment: Coonamessett Inn, Hatchville, Mass., matchbook cover
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Bob Cochrane standing outdoors and holding sails and sailing equipment, captioned on verso: "August 20, 1952, Chatham
Photograph: Bob Cochrane's red convertible MG; circa August 1952


Page 21
Attachment: Monomoy Theatre, French for Love, 27-30 August 1952, program, annotated by SP
Photograph: The Cochrane house, 'Shy Acre', Chatham, Mass.; circa August 1952
Attachment: Monomoy Theatre, French for Love, 27-30 August 1952, card, annotated by SP


Page 22
Attachment: The Old Mill at Brewster, Mass. (postcard): From Joan Cantor to SP, postmarked 21 April 1953
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Joan Cantor at the beach with beach bag; August 1952
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Eddie Cohen's friend in coral convertible car; August 1952
Photograph: Sue and Bill Cantor at the beach; captioned on verso by SP; August 1952
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Joan Cantor sitting in back of a car; captioned on recto"Me and Joanie Aug 1952"; captioned on verso: "Joanie Cantor & me August 1952
Attachment: The oldest Water Mill on the American Continent Cape Cod, Mass. (postcard); from Jim McNeely to SP, postmarked 10September 1952


Page 23
Photograph: Perry and Richard Norton at the beach; circa summer 1952
Photograph: Perry, David, and Richard Norton posing outdoors; annotated on verso by Richard Norton; circa fall 1951
Attachment: Smith College calendar 1952-1953
Clipping: "Four Local Girls Win Smith Honors." The Townsman. 9 October 1952: 4
Attachment: Letter from Mary Mensel to SP, 2 October 1952, First Group Scholars award


Page 24
Attachment: Princeton Athletic News, 1 November 1952, program cover
Attachment: Ticket stub; Brown vs. Princeton, 1 November 1952


Page 25
Attachment: Envelope, postmarked 1 December 1952, Birmingham, England
Attachment: Christmas card of a snow covered barn and farm from John Hodges to SP
Attachment: Christmas card of two people enjoying drinks from Marcia Watrous to SP
Attachment: Envelope, postmarked 8 December 1952, Paris, France
Attachment: Christmas card from Marianne Glasel to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Cantor's to SP


Page 26
Attachment: Christmas card of St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY from Mark von Slossman to SP; probably from December 1953
Attachment: Christmas card from Attila Kassay to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Sally Rosenthal to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Jim McNeely to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Merian Lovelace to SP


Page 27
Attachment: Bell, Book and Candle, The Playgoer, Court Square Theatre, Springfield, Mass. 19-21 January 1953, program
Attachment: Ticket stubs, Bell, Book and Candle; Court Square Theatre, Springfield, Mass. 20 January 1953
Attachment: Card, from Joan Throckmorton to SP
Attachment: Card, 11 February 1953, regarding Electoral Board
Attachment: Mademoiselle Christmas card booklet


Page 28
Attachment: Letter from Ray Wunderlich to SP, late April 1953
Attachment: 1953 Spring Season New York City Opera Company, program, annotated by SP
Attachment: Gloucester House, New York, matchbook cover


Page 29
Attachment: Carmen, program
Attachment: Symposium of Art and Morals, John M. Greene Hall, 23-24 April 1953, program
Attachment: Ray Wunderlich's "Agenda et al"; annotated by SP


Page 30
Attachment: Napkin of a red and black rooster
Attachment: Playbill for National Theatre, Camino Real
Attachment: National Theatre, Camino Real, program
Clipping: Camino Real show times, probably from The New York Times


Page 31
Attachment: Gloucester House, 59 West 51st Street, NYC (postcard)
Clipping: "Bizarre Make-up." Probably from The New York Times, regarding Camino Real
Clipping: "Winners of Seasonal Acting Prizes." The New York Times. 13 May 1953: 33; annotated by SP
Attachment: Hotel Delmonico, Park Avenue at 59th Street, napkin
Attachment: Envelope, Ray Wunderlich to SP, postmarked, 30 April 1953, NYC; probably goes with his letter on page 28


Page 32
Attachment: "Gala Prom Sets Weekend Pace…" Yale News. 7 March 1953: 1 (whole paper)
Attachment: Gentlemen's Drinking Fray, Silliman/Dwight, Yale, 9 May 1953, invitation


Page 33
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom, invitation, 6 March 1953
Photograph: Mike Lotz in Davenport? Tigers uniform, standing atop dugout steps; dated on verso "Sept. 7, 1952"
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom, 1953, program
Attachment: College Weekend, Silliman/Dwight (Yale), 8-10 May 1953, program
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Mike Lotz, Yale Junior Prom, New Haven; 6 March 1953


Page 34
Attachment: Blue Yale banner
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing by Mike Lotz's car; circa February-March 1953
Photograph: Mike Lotz's car, New Haven; circa February-March 1953
Photograph: View from atop mountain; circa March-April 1953
Attachment: Letter from Mike Lotz to SP (postcard), postmarked 9 February 1953


Page 35
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Perry Norton, New Haven; captioned on verso; "for Syl"; circa 6-8 March 1953
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Myron Lotz, Shirley Baldwin, and a couple; New Haven; captioned on verso: "for Syl"; circa 6-8 March 1953
Attachment: Cartoon by Tom Chase from The Yale Record, March 1953; annotated by Lotz Attachment: Postcard from Myron Lotz to SP, postmarked 17 February 1953
Attachment: SP has added Yale Junior Prom, 1953, matchbook case to above postcard


Page 36
Attachment: 1953 Guest Editors - Placement; annotated "Syl Plath"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath wearing a dress and sitting outdoors, Wellesley; circa spring 1953
Attachment: Letter from Marybeth Little to SP, 27 May 1953, on yellow Street & Smith Publications Inter Office Memorandum paper
Attachment: Card, from Ilo Pill to SP
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bowen, Cambridge, Mass., 26 May 1953; Missing


Page 37
Photograph: Sylvia Plath posing in star formation with the other Mademoiselle Guest Editors, taken on 3 June 1953
Attachment: Envelope, Mademoiselle to SP, Air Mail, Special Delivery
Attachment: Barbizon bill, Sylvia Plath, Room 1511
Attachment: Mademoiselle paycheck


Page 38
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Anne Shawber, and two men with drinks at St. Regis Roof, NYC, 10 June 1953
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and man at St. Regis Roof, NYC, 10 June 1953
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and two men at St. Regis Roof, NYC, 10 June 1953
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and man at St. Regis Roof, NYC, 10 June 1953


Page 39
Clipping: "Memo continued." Mademoiselle. August 1953: 54; showing photograph of Anne Shawber, Sylvia Plath, and two men at St. Regis Roof, NYC; annotated by SP


Page 40
Attachment: Telegram, from Marybeth Little to SP, dated 27 May 1953
Attachment: Mademoiselle paycheck, 22 April 1953, third college board assignment
Attachment: Mademoiselle paycheck, 18 May 1953, Guest Editors travel costs


Page 41
Attachment: Letter from William A. Bodden to SP, dated 22 May 1953, regarding Ethel Colin Corbin Prize
Attachment: Letter from William A. Bodden to SP, dated 22 May 1953, regarding Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize
Attachment: Paycheck, dated 20 May 1953, Ethel Colin Corbin 1952-1953 prize
Attachment: Paycheck, dated 20 May 1953, Elizabeth Babcock (poetry) 1952-1953 prize


Page 42
Attachment: Christmas card from McLean Hospital with program for Holiday Greetings
Attachment: Christmas card from Seventeen magazine's It's All Yours section to SP, signed by Natalie Gittelson, Ingrid Loewenstein, and Marie McPartland
Attachment: Christmas card from Cyrilly Abels to SP
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Warren Plath, and Aurelia Plath at 26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Mass., Christmas 1953
Photograph: Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Joan Cantor playing Scrabble, with an unidentified male, possibly Perry Norton, at 26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley, Mass., Christmas 1953


Page 43
Attachment: Invitation to meet I.A. Richards at home of Benjamin Wright, 3 March 1954
Attachment: Smith College Religious Association, "Search for Meaning", Sage Hall, 2-4 February 1954, program
Attachment: Green Mansions and Wiving in the Wilderness, Smith College Theatre, 9-12 February 1954, program
Attachment: Card from Alexa R Wright to SP
Attachment: Ticket stub, Green Mansions, 10 February 1954, Floor, Row M, Seat 5


Page 44
Attachment: Smith College, Exercises in Commemoration of the Two Hundred and Twenty-Second Anniversary of the Birth of Washing, program
Attachment: Rally Day, program


Page 45
Attachment: Invitation from Alexa and Benjamin Wright to Phi Beta Kappa tea, 18 March 1953
Attachment: Telegram, from Helen Randall to Aurelia Plath, 30 September 1953, regarding SP's election to Phi Beta Kappa
Attachment: Phi Beta Kappa Name card
Attachment: Phi Beta Kappa Society dinner invitation, 22 April 1954


Page 46
Attachment: American Airlines ticket, Flight 301, dated 28 March 1954
Photograph: United airplane at Boston Logan airport, 28 March 1954
Attachment: Airplane ticket holder
Attachment: Lord & Taylor matchbook cover showing a pink cabbage rose
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with Pill family members; circa 28-30 March 1954
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Ilo Pill's mother; circa 28-30 March 1954


Page 47
Attachment: Telegram from Cyrilly Abels to SP, 29 March 1954
Attachment: Asti Restaurant, 13 East 12th Street, (postcard); annotated by SP on verso
Attachment: 2 Asti Restaurant matchbook covers
Attachment: Ticket stub, Maltese Falcon and Shadow of a Doubt, Greenwich Village Theatre
Attachment: Envelope from Atherton "Bish" Sinclair Burlingham, postmarked 3 April 1954
Attachment: International House, 500 Riverside Drive, matchbook cover


Page 48
Attachment: Picnic, Playbill for the Music Box Theatre, annotated by SP
Attachment: Picnic, Page from Playbill
Attachment: Ticket stub, Picnic; Music Box Theatre, 29 March 1954, Balcony, Row F, Seat 15
Attachment: Missing


Page 49
Attachment: David Holleman, Behn-Moore Gallery, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass., exhibit card, 22 March – 11 April 1954
Attachment: The Confidential Clerk, Morosco Theatre, Page from Playbill


Page 50
Attachment: The Scarecrow, program
Attachment: Andres Segovia, program; inside drawing of Segovia by SP
Attachment: Card signed "Congratulations Syl the Lawrenceites


Page 51
Attachment: Telegram from Dick Wertz to Nancy Hunter, 17 April 1954, regarding Richard Sassoon wanting to meet SP
Attachment: Telegram from Attila (Richard Sassoon) to SP, 23 April 1954


Page 52
Attachment: Playbill for The Sea Gull, The Phoenix Theatre, NYC
Attachment: Ticket stubs, The Sea Gull; The Phoenix Theatre, 8 May 1954; orchestra, Row P, Seats 21, 23


Page 53
Attachment: Steuben Tavern menu, 163 West 47th Street. Times Square, NYC; annotated by SP


Page 54
Attachment: Tandem Time, Amherst College Spring Prom, 14 May 1954, program
Attachment: The Meadows, Framingham, Mass., matchbook cover


Page 55
Attachment: Letter from William A. Bodden to SP, dated 20 May 1954, regarding Ethel Olin Corbin Prize
Attachment: Paycheck for Ethel Olin Corbin Prize, 1953-54
Clipping: "Flowers for the Lady." Springfield Sunday Republican. 24 May 1954: 3; depicting Sylvia Plath and "escort"


Page 56
Attachment: Letter from James T. McFate to SP, 5 May 1954, regarding reservation at The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, for 14-15 June 1954; SP shared a room with Jean Macmillan
Attachment: Napkin from Club Zara, 475 Tremont Street, Boston, Mass., showing a woman dancing


Page 57
Attachment: Letter from Alan K. "Scotty" Campbell to SP, 1 June 1954, informing SP that she was awarded full scholarship to summer school
Clipping: "Harvard Summer Scholarships Won by Six in Massachusetts." The Boston Globe. 1 July 1954: 26; SP's forename spelled "Silvia"
Attachment: Invitation to cocktails from Mademoiselle and Betsy Talbot Blackwell, 24 June 1954, to meet the Mademoiselle 1954 Guest Editors


Page 58
Photograph: Gordon Lameyer in uniform at sea; circa 1954
Attachment: Hansel and Gretel, Pine Manor Junior College, program, 5 June 1954; annotated by SP
Clipping: "Familiar View." The Boston Globe. 9 May 1954: B13; showing a pencil drawing of the Boston Public Library by Paul Lameyer
Attachment: The Mile Post, Newport, R.I., sugar packet wrapper


Page 59
Attachment: Joseph's, 279 Dartmouth Street, Boston, menu


Page 60
Attachment: Boston Arts Festival, 6-20 June 1954, program
Attachment: Card, The Breakers, Newport, R.I., card; ***Probably goes where missing attachment is on page 62 based on tape lines***
Photograph: Philip McCurdy; circa 1954
Clipping: from Boston Arts Festival program, Robert Frost, 13 June 1954
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, with suitcase, standing in front of 26 Elmwood Road, Wellesley; circa 14 June 1954
Attachment: Joseph's Restaurant, 279 Dartmouth Street, matchbook cover


Page 61
Attachment: Hanover Inn, Dartmouth, N.H., bill
Photograph: Marcia Brown and Mike Plummer cutting wedding cake; 15 June 1954
Attachment: The Hanover Inn, matchbook cover
Clipping: "Neighborhood News." The Townsman. 17 June 1954: 16; affixed to following attachment
Attachment: The Hanover Inn (postcard), annotated by SP
Attachment: Wedding invitation, Marcia Brown and Mike Plumer, 15 June 1954
Attachment: Thank you card from Mrs. Davenport Plumer, 3rd (Marcia Brown) to SP


Page 62
Attachment: Letter from Ira Scott to SP, (postcard), postmarked Grand Lake, Colorado, 7 September 1954
Attachment: Chanel box
Attachment: missing; ***probably The Breakers card photographed on page 60 based on tape lines
Attachment: Duxbury Beach Park pass; annotated by SP
Attachment: Sachuest Beach Parking Tag 1954


Page 63
Clipping: "More Girls Than Ever at Harvard Summer School." The Boston Globe. 27 July 1954: 15
Attachment: Invitation to Scholarship student tea at Fogg Museum Garden, 3 August 1954
Attachment: Sub-let lease agreement signed by Sylvia Plath, 28 May 1954; co-signed by David H. Neiditz and Joseph A. Norah(?)
Attachment: OHP (Olive Higgins Prouty) matchbook case


Page 64
Photograph: Sylvia Plath at Nauset Beach, on knees in the sand; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Sylvia Plath at Nauset Beach, lying down; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Sylvia Plath at Nauset Beach, by the water; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath at the beach as children; circa 1938
Attachment: Harvard University Library card; ***might not belong on this page***

Page 65
Attachment: 18th Annual Pilgrimage to Old and Interesting Houses in Chatham on Cape Cod; 26 July 1954; annotated by SP
Photograph: Gordon Lameyer atop Mt Monadnock; 17 July 1954
Photograph: Gordon Lameyer, head and chest, Nauset Beach; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Gordon Lameyer, sitting on knees, Nauset Beach; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Gordon Lameyer at Nauset Beach; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Gordon Lameyer, left arm over left knee, Nauset Beach; circa 24 July 1954
Photograph: Gordon Lameyer doing a handstand, Nauset Beach; circa 24 July 1954


Page 66
Attachment: Vaughn Monroe's Meadows, menu; annotated by SP


Page 67
Attachment: Letter from Mary Mensel to SP, 15 June 1954, awarding SP $1250 scholarship for 1954-1955 year
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Studio portrait; circa fall 1954
Attachment: The Smith Alumnae Quarterly, complimentary issue note
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Gordon Lameyer, and John Stamper, atop Goat's Peak, Mt. Tom, 23 October 1954
Clipping: "Wellesley Naval Officer Takes Specialized Training in Virginia." The Townsman. 16 December 1954: 10


Page 68
Attachment: Ticket stub; The Bad Seed, 46th Street Theatre, 11 December 1954, Orchestra, Row T, Seat 11
Attachment: Robin Hood Ten Acres, Wayland, Mass., matchbook cover, originally photographed on page 17
Attachment: Ticket stub; The Bad Seed, 46th Street Theatre, 11 December 1954, Orchestra, Row T, Seat 13
Attachment: Christmas card from Anne Davidow to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Olive Higgins Prouty to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Nancy Hunter to SP


Page 69
Attachment: Christmas card/bookmark from Carol "Cal" Raybin to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from MB Derr to SP
Attachment: Sepp Ruschp Ski School, Stowe, Vermont, rates and program
Attachment: Christmas card from Laurie Totten to SP


Page 70
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Gordon Lameyer, Warren Plath, and Thelma at Robin Hood's Ten Acres, Wayland, Mass.; circa 18 December 1954
Attachment: Christmas card from the Board of Gargoyle Magazine to SP
Attachment: Christmas card from Mademoiselle to SP


Page 71
Photograph: Sylvia Plath's room, Lawrence House, book case, heater, chair; circa April 1955
Attachment: Smith College Exercises in Commemoration of the Two Hundred and Twenty-Third Anniversary of the Birth of Washington, program
Attachment: Ticket stub, 22 February 1955, John M. Greene Hall, Section C, Row 23, and Seat 10
Photograph: Sylvia Plath's desk, Lawrence House showing Smith-Corona Silent typewriter, books, etc.; circa April 1955
Photograph: Sylvia Plath's room, Lawrence House, showing bookcase, side table, artwork/clippings on wall; circa April 1955


Page 72
Attachment: Othello, Amherst College, program
Attachment: The Hampshire Bookshop, invitation, 17 March 1955
Attachment: Ticket stub, Othello; Kirby Memorial Theatre, Amherst, Mass.
Attachment: Twelfth Night, program


Page 73
Attachment: Rahar's Inn, menu, annotated by SP
Attachment: Letter from Peter Davison to SP, 17 March 1955


Page 74
Attachment: Cut page of Le Gourmet restaurant menu, 49 West 55th Street, NYC
Attachment: Calhoun College, Yale, graduation invitation, 13-15 May 1955; annotated by Richard Sassoon
Attachment: Hotel Garde, opposite Railroad Station on US Route 1, New Haven, Conn., matchbook cover
Attachment: Three Crowns Restaurant, 12 East 54th Street, NYC, matchbook cover
Attachment: Three Crowns Restaurant, 12 East 54th Street, NYC (postcard)


Page 75
Attachment: Le Gourmet Restaurant menu, 49 West 55th Street, NYC; annotated by SP


Page 76
Clipping: "Moments of Crisis." The New York Times, cartoon depicting The Bad Seed
Clipping: "The Bad Seed." The New York Times, advertisement
Attachment: The Saint of Bleecker Street, Playbill
Attachment: Ticket stub, La Ronde, The Rockettes, Love Me or Leave Me, and Bolero; Radio City Music Hall, 28 May 1955
Attachment: Ticket stubs, The Saint of Bleecker Street; Broadway Theatre, 26 March 1955, Balcony Row N Seat 2 and Seat ?


Page 77
Attachment: Tea and Sympathy, Playbill cover, 25 May 1955
Attachment: Ticket stubs, The Desperate Hours; Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 27 May 1955, Mezzanine, Row B, Seats 107, 108
Attachment: The Desperate Hours, Playbill cover


Page 78
Clipping: Mary Handy. "'... Focus for Creative Work in College': Judges Hear Glasscock Poetry Contestants." The Christian Science Monitor. 18 April 1955: 2


Page 79
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Marianne Moore at the Glascock Poetry Prize competition, South Hadley, Mass.; circa 16 April 1955
Attachment: Letter from Joyce Horner to SP, 21 April 1955


Page 80
Attachment: Paystub, Ethel Olin Corbin prize
Attachment: Letter from Wallace Klitgaard to SP, 11 May 1955
Attachment: Guest card, Onteora Central School, Boiceville, New York
Clipping: "Wellesley Smith College Club Annual Meeting." The Townsman. 9 June 1955: 6
Attachment: Paystub, Round trip transportation expenses from Northampton to Boiceville


Page 81
Attachment: Letter to SP, regarding Alpha Awared in creative writing
Attachment: Paystub; half of the Marjorie Hope Nicolson prize
Attachment: Paystub; The Clara French Prize, 1945/55


Page 82
Attachment: Letter from James Keller to SP, 26 April 1955, regarding Christopher College Contest
Attachment: Telegram from Jessica Daves to SP, 15 May 1955, regarding Vogue's 20th Prix de Paris


Page 83
Attachment: Award of Merit, presented to SP, Vogue's 20th Prix de Paris


Page 84
Photograph: Sylvia Plath wearing a graduation gown, in a group portrait with the residents of Lawrence House, SP sixth from left in second row; circa spring 1955


Page 85
Attachment: Commencement at Smith College, cover of program
Attachment: Commencement at Smith College, invitation
Clipping: "Mr. Wright Awards Honors Degrees." The Sophian. 6 June 1955: 1, 5. This clipping from page 1
Attachment: Ticket stub; Commencement
Attachment: missing
Attachment: Ticket stub; commencement ticket, in case of rain, John M. Greene Hall, Balcony, Section H, Row 6, seat 10
Clipping: Regarding Smith College prize awards, from "Mr. Wright Awards Honors Degrees", The Sophian, 6 June 1955: 1, 5. This clipping from page 5


Page 86
Clipping: "Sylvia Plath Among Three Given Fulbright Scholarships." Daily Hampshire Gazette. 24 May 1955: 3; annotated by SP
Attachment: Letter from Newnham College to SP (postcard), 30 October 1954; acknowledging receipt of fee for "Special Test papers taken overseas"
Attachment: Envelope from U.S. Educational Commission in the U.K. to SP, postmarked 6 June 1955


Page 87
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01 June 2017

The Secret Is Out: Sylvia Plath's Hidden Poems

Well...so while I was away on holiday, news broke by Danuta Kean of the Guardian in her article "Unseen Sylvia Plath Poems Deciphered in Carbon Paper" and the report seems to have swept through social media. The story discusses something Gail and I wrote about in our recently published book These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath.

While we discuss the finding of two lost Sylvia Plath poems ("Megrims" and "To A Refractory Santa Claus") in the book, some of the "information" in the articles that followed Danuta's was so misleading that it warrants some comment here.

First of all: the book, on Sylvia Plath and not just The Bell Jar, is already out and can be purchased through Amazon.co.uk and Book Depository (free international shipping). It will officially be published in the United States in October but do not let this deter you from buying it now.

Second of all: the poems are not published in the book, though they are discussed. I do not think they necessarily lend a lot of information into Plath's relationship with Ted Hughes, but that is for each of us to decide.

Third of all: These Ghostly Archives has nothing to do with Kirsten Dunst and Dakota Fanning's adaptation of Plath's The Bell Jar. This is partly the fault of the publisher, Fonthill, as they decided to market our book with a bullet point about the film and this has lead some in the media to confuse the two very separate and unrelated projects. There was an attempt made to have the information about Dunst and Fanning removed from their press release but the request was ignored. As well, I explicitly asked them not to reproduce the photograph of me with the actresses, but this was also ignored.  This level of disrespect of alarming.

Here is some official information and I apologize if this is boring or unnecessary. It just seems kind of warranted.

I first saw the carbon on a research visit to the Lilly Library in January 2010 when I was at the Lilly Library on a Helm Fellowship working on another project (Sylvia Plath's library). I made a mental note of it.

At the end of my first day of research on a subsequent visit on 16 March 2015, I decided to revisit it and it was then that its contents and significance dawned on me. In the interim between 2010 and 2015, I accumulated a wealth of resources and information which included having transcribed all her pocket calendars. The confluence of that work and looking again at the carbon made the discovery possible. In a blog post about the research visit, I spilled the beans saying "I made an exciting discovery" but did not want to, at the time, be too forthcoming.

Zach Downey and Jody Mitchell at the Lilly Library supplied digital images of the carbon for me on 17 March 2015. Upon request, they sent more the following year on 15 February 2016. It was at that time that I finally started working on the carbon in Photoshop and I was astounded at what could be done with the program; what could be revealed and what, also, proved still more elusive and ghostly. I remain confident that someone and someday that more will be deciphered.

Some of the process or methodology, possibly the most important part other than the actual texts of the poems, is discussed in the book so I will not reiterate that here. But it was an eye-straining, painstaking process: at times frustrating and frequently enlightening.

It was really difficult to keep this find from you but it seemed to be an essential micro-story in the larger tales of our archival experiences that Gail and I discuss in the book. At this time, I am sure you all understand, it is not possible to print the poems or really to discuss their contents but am hopeful that one day they will be made available with as much of them provided as is possible.

Here are some the articles that I found that were published on it (a Google search for "To A Refractory Santa Claus" yield about 743 results!). However it must be stated that as of 1 June, only The Guardian and the BBC have actually reached out to Gail and me for interviews so anything else is a derivative and very often misrepresents something.

Chopin, Allison. "Unknown Sylvia Plath poems, lost play by Edith Wharton discovered by scholars." New York Daily News. May 27, 2017.

Donovan, Louise. "Two Unseen Sylvia Plath Poems Have Been Found And We're Very Excited." Elle UK. May 26, 2017.

Ferro, Shaunacy. "New Poetry by Sylvia Plath Discovered in Her Archives." Mental Floss. May 26, 2017.

Kean, Danuta. "Unseen Sylvia Plath Poems Deciphered in Carbon Paper." The Guardian. May 25, 2017.

Oulton, Emma. "Never-Before-Seen Sylvia Plath Poems Have Been Discovered In The Back Of A Notebook." Bustle. May 25, 2017.

Palit, Maya. "Two Unseen Poems of Sylvia Plath have Surfaced and We Just Can't Wait to Read Them." Lady Fingers. May 25, 2017.

Shanahan, Molly. "Two Secret Sylvia Plath Poems Have Been Discovered." Debrief. May 25, 2017.

Sylvia Plath's unpublished poems discovered. Times of India. May 26, 2017.

All links accessed. 29-31 May 2017.

P.S. On my holiday to New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, I took my copy of These Ghostly Archives with me and photographed it in various locations.

Atop Rangitoto Island, looking toward Auckland

On the Devil's Staircase, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

At the Te Puia geyser, Rotorua, New Zealand

At the Sydney Opera House, Australia
And, lastly, editing the Letters of Sylvia Plath by the water...which I think is something of which Plath would approve!

On Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Lake Taupo, New Zealand

12 May 2017

These Ghostly Archives: power, politics and silences

The following is a guest blog post by Gail Crowther, co-author of the recently published These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath (Fonthill). You can read a companion guest blog post by me, "Entering These Ghostly Archives" on Gail's website.

These Ghostly Archives: power, politics and silences

by Gail Crowther


As Peter and I note in the opening pages of our new book These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath, archives are not only magical places, they are places of power and politics too. And the power seems to operate in a number of different ways: the experiential power of holding original documents, the power and privilege to study in an archive, and the power behind who gets to have an archive of work in the first place. Much is about access and opportunity. Often we speak of ‘the archive’ as though it were some kind of monolithic, static space. Yet what we discovered as we worked on a series of papers between 2009-2013, and subsequently on our book, is that archives are far from fixed. They are diverse, living, animated spaces that constantly invite shifting perception. We can visit the same archive two, three or four times and find something different on each occasion. Plus archives grow all of the time and new material becomes available. In our book we challenge the notion of the fixed archive by arguing that archives are dynamic, and that this dynamism can seep beyond the walls of what might be called the ‘traditional’ archive into the ‘living’ archive, where history and stories leave their blueprint on the spaces around us.

The first archive I visited was the BBC Written Archives Centre in Reading, England. Peter had asked me to look at some material on his behalf. We had already exchanged emails about Peter’s archival work, particularly at Smith College, which holds one of the largest Plath collections in the world. Peter had shared his enthusiasm for handling the Ariel poem manuscripts and early drafts of The Bell Jar, as well as personal possessions such as pieces of painted furniture, trinkets, and correspondence. While I was aware that Peter was an archivist by profession, I could also tell that there was something different going on with his engagement with Plath material. I didn’t know at this stage about ‘archive fever’ or how when you work with materials in an archive, time dissolves around you.

Over the coming years we worked separately (but on each other’s behalf) in a number of different archives – and only once on a joint trip to Smith College in the summer of 2011. The nature of these visits changed as we realised we could utilise the fast-paced technology that was developing. In 2008 we would email each other as soon as the archive visit was over, type up notes, and send on as soon as possible. Today, we can WhatsApp while we are actually in the archive and, if allowed, take photographs and share documents with an immediacy that often makes me feel I am there, albeit virtually. This immediacy can be helpful if we stumble across an ethical issue, or if we make an exciting find that we cannot wait to share. Both of these scenarios we discuss in our book, in particular decisions that have to be made regarding whether to publish certain things or not. We tend to err on the side of caution, especially if stories involve other people who are still alive. The archive can be a place of exposure and sometimes people get drawn into a story via secondary sources when they have personally chosen to keep their silence.

And silence of course, oddly, is another feature of the archive. Although they teem with stories, there are maddening gaps too. Fragmented correspondence, missing pages, references to letters, poems, prose that no longer exist. In Plath’s case, a whole ‘missing’ novel manuscript and two ‘missing’ journals, two torn out pages from her 1962 wall calendar, and even torn out pages from the journals do that survive. The silence can jolt you from a smooth-running narrative into confusion and speculation. But this silence also invites further study; when something is missing, can it be found? This forms the basis for the first chapter in our book where we follow the trail of a missing manuscript, the final piece of prose that Plath wrote before her death, which was stolen from the BBC shortly afterwards.

Missing archives, lost archives, in many ways are the mostly ghostly of all – certainly elusive, but still holding out promise. And that in many ways is the power of the archive – the story is never fully told and it is a story that we may one day know, or not.

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These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath by Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg is now available. Published by Fonthill Media, the book is available online via the publisherAmazon.co.uk, Book Depository,  and other websites.

These Ghostly Archives will be published in the United States on 3 October 2017.

All links accessed 9 and 12 May 2017.

11 May 2017

These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath Out Now!!!!

These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath by Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg (hey...that's me!) is officially published by Fonthill Media as of today, 11 May 2017.


We sincerely hope that if you read the book you enjoy it.

These Ghostly Archives is available online via the publisherAmazon.co.ukBook Depository,  and other websites.

These Ghostly Archives will be published in the United States on 3 October 2017.

All links accessed 11 May 2017.

01 May 2017

Sylvia Plath's High School Scrapbook

The following is a catalog of the items in Sylvia Plath's high school scrapbook held by the Lilly Library in Plath mss II, Oversize 3. The scrapbook is heavily annotated by Plath and, as the writing is under copyright, is not included here. However, I think the rest of it is fair game to present and to describe. For this, I assigned three broad categories to the items in the scrapbook: Photographs, Attachments, and Clippings. Attachments take many different formats including cards, letters, and pressed flowers, to name a few. I have researched as many of the items herein and, as much as possible, I attempt to provide information about the things which Plath collected and preserved to document her life and times. For the clippings, I have tried to identify all the periodicals from which the thing was taken. Sadly, a number of items from the scrapbook are missing.

Plath purchased this scrapbook on 1 February 1947 and immediately started pasting in the first pages photographs and annotating them with her life history and experiences. She numbered the pages in the top right or top left (she double numbered pages 39 and 46 and these are represented below as pages 39a and 46a, respectively). The scrapbook was obtained from the Book Stall in Wellesley Hills Square. Though it covers Plath's life from 1932-1951, the bulk dates for this scrapbook spans 1947-September 1951. She began another scrapbook, called her "Smith College Scrapbook" with events from her sophomore year at Smith College in the fall of 1951 and ended it in the summer of 1955. The same treatment as is given here will be given to Plath's Smith scrapbook in another blog post.

The information here was obtained from 16-19 March 2015 on a research visit I made to the Lilly Library. The contents reflect what I saw and photographed at that time. By my counts, there are, or were, 287 items in the scrapbook: 133 Photographs, 106 Attachments, and 40 Clippings. There are, or were, 8 missing items (5 photographs, 2 attachments, and 1 clipping). There are three blank pages (12, 58, and 66). Excepting the missing photographs, each of the photographs has a date assigned to it. The dates are as accurate as I have been able to establish from a variety of sources including the scrapbook itself, Plath's diaries, journals, letters, and other sources. Photographs have been described based on a list of photographs provided by the Lilly Library and my own observations.

Page i
"My Scrapbook / Sylvia Plath – 1947"


Page 1
Photograph: Otto Plath. Missing
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, sitting inside a Gravenstein Apples crate; circa 1934
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing by railing at 24 Prince Street, Jamaica Plain; circa 1934
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, age 22 months, playing in the water at the beach; captioned on verso by ASP: "Aug. 23, 1934"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, about age 3 at Jamaica Pond; circa summer 1935
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a young child, age 2½, seated on a sled in the snow; captioned on verso by ASP: "Jan 1935"


Page 2
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, age 7, dressed as nurse playing with a doll at 92 Johnson Avenue, Winthrop; circa August 1940
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, age 13, seated indoors wearing Girl Scouts uniform, Wellesley, August, 1946
Photograph: Arden Tapley holding a goat; circa 1945
Photograph: Ruth Geisel, circa 1945. Missing
Photograph: David and Ruth Freeman outdoors in Saugus; circa 1945-1946
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, about age 13, on front steps of 26 Elmwood Road; 1946


Page 3
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Play, as children, seated outdoors, holding toys, Winthrop; circa 1937-1938
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath, as children, riding together on a sled in the snow, Winthrop; captioned on verso by ASP: "1938"
Photograph: Warren Plath, as a child, standing in back yard with a wagon, Winthrop; circa 1938-1939
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, wearing a bathing suit at the beach, Ipswich; circa 1939-1940
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a child, with braids; Missing, (present when imaged for Eye Rhymes, p. 18)
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath, as children, standing in front on a sailboat, Warren holding a fish, Winthrop; circa 1939-1940
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Warren Plath, as children, standing in front of 92 Johnson Avenue, Winthrop, SP holds their cat Mitzi; circa 1940-1942
Photograph: Ruth Freeman; circa 1938-1940


Page 4
Photograph: Marion Freeman shoveling snow in front of her house, 6 Somerset Terrace, Winthrop; 1945
Photograph: Claudine Dufrane, SP's Belgian pen pal, and family; circa 1946
Photograph: Claudine Dufrane studio portrait; circa 1946
Photograph: Richard, David, and Perry Norton in fall; circa 1945-1946
Photograph: Richard, David, and Perry Norton in winter; circa 1945-1946
Photograph: Richard, David, and Perry Norton, studio portrait; circa 1945-1946
Attachment: Silhouette by Mrs. Loungway
Clipping: Lee, Peggy Ann. "Junior High Briefs." The Townsman. 30 January 1947: 8
Clipping: "8-Year-Old Poet." The Boston Herald. 10 August 1941, p. B-8.


Page 5
Photograph: Sylvia Plath shoveling snow, Wellesley. Missing
Photograph: Landscape view taken during winter of the skating pond at the end of Elmwood Road, Wellesley; circa 1946-1947
Clipping: "Funny Faces." The Boston Herald. August 2, 1942: B-10. Missing.
Photograph: Art exhibit showing a watercolor of Sylvia Plath's on a bulletin board; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Art exhibit showing a watercolor of Sylvia Plath's on a bulletin board; circa 1946-1947. Missing
Photograph: Diana, Priscilla Steele, and Lilly: "Sylvia Plath for Secretary"; circa 15 January 1947


Page 6
Photograph: Art exhibit showing a watercolor of Sylvia Plath's on a bulletin board; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Hans-Joachim Neupert; circa 1947-1948
Photograph: Hans-Joachim Neupert; circa 1947-1948
Clipping: "Solitude" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, holding a watering can and watering her grandfather's bean plants, Wellesley; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Mosquito Tree; circa 1946-1947
Attachment: A Christmas card. Missing
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, riding a bicycle, feet on handlebars; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, in bathing suit in back yard, Wellesley; circa 1946-1947


Page 7
Photograph: Diana, Priscilla Steele, and Lilly: "Sylvia Plath for Secretary"; circa 15 January 1947
Photograph: Betsy Powley standing in the snow by road signs, Colrain; 1 March 1947
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, standing in the snow, Colrain; dated 3/1/47 on verso
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, standing in the snow by Colrain/Guilford, Vt. Town Line; dated on verso: 3/1/47
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, age 10, with a groups of other children at "Trading Post", Camp Weetamoe; dated July 1943 on verso


Page 8
Photograph: Jane DiTiberio, studio portrait; circa 1947
Photograph: Wayne Sterling; circa 1947
Photograph: Gina Renzella; circa 1947
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Ann Bowker, Jeanette McDonald, and June Smith, Vineyard Sailing Camp; captioned on verso: "Tent 2 lft. to rt"; circa 1 July 1947
Clipping: Stimson, William. "Wellesley Artists Win Many Honors in High School Art Exhibit." The Townsman. 6 March 1947: 9.
Photograph: Warren Plath superimposed on the mosquito tree; circa 1946-1947
Photograph: Warren Plath superimposed on the mosquito tree; circa 1946-1947


Page 9
Photograph: Libby Aldrich playing in the street, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich standing in the grass, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich sitting in the grass beside the street, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich sitting in the grass, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948
Photograph: Libby Aldrich pulling on a tree branch, a Wellesley neighbor; circa 1948


Page 10
Photograph: Three girls from Sylvia Plath's English class at a slumber party; circa 1949
Attachment: "Dates 1949-1950" with John Hall, Bob Riedeman, Bruce Elwell, Perry Norton. Rod Leavall and Jim Canasta
Photograph: Wire fence and pine trees in the snow; circa 1948-1949
Clipping: Hope, Patricia. "High School Highlights." The Townsman. 13 May 1948: 15
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, wearing a formal dress; circa 1949-1950
Attachment: 'Ice-Breaker' 1947: "THE SENIOR AND JUNIOR CLASSES CORDIALLY INVITE SYLVIA PLATH TO THE SOPHOMORE ICE BREAKER TO BE HELD AT WELLESLEY HIGH SCHOOL ON OCTOBER 4, 1947 AT 8:15 P.M. to 11:45"


Page 11
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Betsy Powley, Ruth Freeman, and another girl, possibly Ann Bowker, Vineyard Sailing Camp; circa July 1948
Photograph: Sailboat; captioned on verso: "Mig's Boat / East Chop Races / July 2, 1947 / Vineyard Sailing Camp".
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Gloria Caouette, and Ruth Freeman, Vineyard Sailing Camp; circa July 1948; photograph reversed
Attachment: Sub Deb card with Letter of invitation from Barbara Botsford
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and the junior Wellesley basketball team, 1949


Page 12
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Page 13
Attachment: The Phillipian (Andover, Mass.). 13 May 1949


Page 14
Attachment: Totem Pole sticker with Tommy Dorsey's face and signature
Attachment: Christmas card from Marianne Lévy
Photograph: Marianne Lévy; June 1949
Attachment: Spring Promenade 1949 (Phillips Academy, Andover, 13-14 May 1949)


Page 15
Attachment: Programs: Spring Promenade, Class of 1950, Phillips Academy, Andover; Invitation to Promenade by Headmaster and Mrs. Kemper; with handwritten note, possibly by Winfield "Mike" Sides


Page 16
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "The Sightseer"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "John Tucke Monument"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Gosport Church"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Star Island"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Gosport Church"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "The Oceanic"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Church Doorway"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Commercial photograph, "Goodbye, Sweet Day"; caption on recto and verso by ASP; Unknown date
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit standing by birch trees, Wellesley; circa July-August 1949
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit, sitting in backyard, Wellesley; circa July-August 1949


Page 17
Clipping: "Local Tennis Tourney Semi-Finals This Week." The Townsman. 25 August 1949: 3; annotated by SP
Photograph: Wellesley boys cross country team; captioned "J. HODGES"; names of runners on verso; circa fall 1949
Photograph: John Hall throwing a football; circa summer-fall 1949
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit sitting in a field; captioned on verso by SP and ASP; circa 14 September 1949
Attachment: Pressed flower (poppy)
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, as a youth, posed in swimsuit smiling; circa August-September 1949


Page 18
Attachment: Ticket stubs, stock car races, Westboro Stadium, Route 9 – Westboro, Mass.
Attachment: Ticket stub, Quartet (motion picture), Majestic Theatre, Orchestra Left E 7; 24 September 1949
Attachment: Ticket stub, Father Was a Fullback (motion picture), Fenway Theatre, 22 October 1949
Attachment: Ticket stubs, football game, 8 October 1949
Attachment: Ticket stub; Boston and Maine Railroad; visit to Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
Attachment: Ticket stub; Union College vs Williams College, football game
Attachment: Train ticket, 30 October 1949, Boston - Williamstown
Attachment: Purple streamer


Page 19
Clipping: "1034 Legs Invade Billville." The Williams Record. 29 October 1949: 1


Page 20
Attachment: Christmas Cotillion invitation, 23 December 1949
Attachment: Christmas Cotillion order of dances
Attachment: Ticket stub; Needham High versus Wellesley High School, football game
Attachment: Ticket stubs; As You Like It (play), Colonial Theatre, 21 December 1949, Balcony C 10, right center
Photograph: John Hodges sitting with another boy on a tree limb; captioned on verso by Hodges' circa fall 1949


Page 21
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with Marilyn, Bruce, Rod, Betty, and Paul in The King Philip souvenir photograph, King Philip, Lake Pearl, Wrentham; annotated on cover by SP, "Ray McKinley" (band); 6 July 1949
Attachment: Noble and Greenough school dance invitation card, 3 December 1949
Photograph: Sylvia Plath seated on a chair in backyard near birch trees; circa fall-winter 1949


Page 22
Attachment: Christmas present sticker
Attachment: Image of Santa Claus
Attachment: University of New Hampshire Dining Hall ticket, value $10.00
Attachment: Christmas card, from Bob Riedeman
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Bob Riedeman standing in snow outside a dormitory at University of New Hampshire, Durham; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow elephant; circa 17-19 February 1950


Page 23
Clipping: "Mellow Music of Ray McKinley to Warm Annual Winter Carnival Ball." The New Hampshire. 9 February 1950: 1, 8; underlined by SP
Attachment: Train ticket, Boston to Dover, N.H.; 19 February 1950
Attachment: Winter Carnival invitation


Page 24
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a carousel; circa 17-19 February 1950
Clipping: "Snow Sculpture Will Follow Circus Theme." The New Hampshire. 9 February 1950: 1
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in winter coat, Durham, New Hampshire; outlined in red pencil; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a clown emerging from a drum; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a circus tent; circa 17-19 February 1950
Photograph: Snow sculpture of a seal; circa 17-19 February 1950


Page 25
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and another female outside in the snow, Durham, New Hampshire; circa 17-19 February 1950
Attachment: Handwritten note from Perry Norton to Sylvia Plath on pink paper and a pressed flower
Clipping: "Junior Prom To Be Gay Event This Saturday." The Townsman. 16 March 1950: 7.
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in a crowd on the dance floor, Junior Prom at Wellesley, 18 March 1950; captioned on verso "Page 1, Bradford"; photo also in 1949-1950 Wellesleyan yearbook, p. 75
Attachment: Pink ribbon
Attachment: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Certificate of Registration of Bicycle, dated 17 April 1950; for a Raleigh English bicycle
Clipping: Giesey, Louise. "High School Highlights." The Townsman. 24 November 1949:2


Page 26
Attachment: The Admirable Crichton, French's Acting Edition, No. 1435, (cover)
Attachment: Ticket stub; The Admirable Crichton, 14 April 1950, Sec. C, Row F, Seat 107
Clipping: "'The Admirable Crichton' Senior Play Success", The Townsman, 20 April 1950, p. 5; with underlining by SP


Page 27
Attachment: Bus ticket to Durham, N.H.
Attachment: University of New Hampshire campus map; SP annotated with stars by West Hall and Scott Hall
Attachment: Wrapping paper; bands of black, white, green, gold, and pink


Page 28
Attachment: Letter from Margaret Thompson to Sylvia Plath, 18 May 1950; regarding acceptance to Smith College and $850 scholarship
Attachment: Letter from Mary Mensel to Sylvia Plath, 10 May 1950; regarding scholarship
Attachment: Letter from Mrs. William Dana Orcutt, undated


Page 29
Attachment: The Boston Pops, directed by Arthur Fiedler (program cover)
Attachment: Ticket stubs, Symphony Hall, 27 May 1950; 1st Balcony, left, B 33 & B 34
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in white sleeveless blouse; circa spring 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman, yearbook photograph passed on blue paper; circa 1950
Attachment: Boston Pops program. 27 May 1950
Clipping: Goldsmith, Sue. "Highschool Highlights." The Townsman. 8 June 1950: 7.
Attachment: Invitation to Senior Promenade, 2 June 1950; with pressed flower petals


Page 30
Attachment: Eighty-First Annual Graduation Exercises of the Gamaliel Bradford Senior High, 7 June 1950
Attachment: Ticket stub, Seat 7, Row W, Section R, 7 June 1950
Attachment: Ticket stub (loose, found in fold of page) for Metropolitan Theatre, Boston
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing outside in backyard by plants in tennis skirt, Wellesley; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, outside in front yard, seated and wearing white blouse by fence, Wellesley; circa June 1950. Photograph used to accompany "Ode to a Bitten Plum" published in Seventeen, November 1950.
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, outside in yard, seated and wearing white blouse by house, Wellesley; circa June 1950


Page 31
Photograph: Bob Riedeman on the beach with a towel; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Bob Riedeman, and Riedeman's parents?, standing outside, Wellesley; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, sitting on a fence at the beach; circa June 1950
Photograph: Sylvia Plath in tennis outfit; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman on beach towel looking out to sea; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman at the beach seated on railing; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman at the beach with towel wrapped around him; circa June 1950
Photograph: Bob Riedeman at the beach packing car; circa June 1950
Clipping: Walker, Eldon. "Footlight Highlights." The Townsman. 26 January 1950: 10; fragment, regarding George Bernard Shaw's The Dark Lady of the Sonnets.


Page 32
Photograph: Sylvia Plath at the beach; circa summer 1950
Photograph: Warren Plath standing at the beach; circa summer 1950
Clipping: "Unitarian Jefferson Fellowship Meets." The Townsman. 26 January 1950: 9; accompanies article "Youth To Lead Service at Unitarian Church"
Photograph: Warren Plath leaning against a tree at Phillips Exeter; circa summer-fall 1950
Attachment: Smith College Calendar 1950-1951; annotated by SP


Page 33
Attachment: "Smith College", likely from a pamphlet?
Attachment: Sylvia Plath name card with red ribbon, "Sylvia Plath, Wellesley, Mass., Haven House"
Attachment: Sabrina. October 1950, (cover); depicting a bar called "Darsie's"
Attachment: Amherst College matchbook cover


Page 34
Clipping: Magazine photograph of "Tony"?, a football player
Photograph: Two Amherst College students wrestling; circa fall 1950
Attachment: "Welcome 1954 to Freshman Day – 1950, Amherst College"
Attachment: Amherst College Football Schedule, 1950


Page 35
Attachment: Joe's Northampton menu, with Pabst Breweries bottle label affixed; annotated by SP: "October 27 – Birthday Dinner"
Attachment: Birthday card signed "To Sylvia with love, Diane and Reggie"
Attachment: Birthday card signed "Happy Birthday Sylvia Love, Sonie" (Sonya Marlene Zelinkoff)
Attachment: Birthday card from Ann Haven Davidow, illustrated with horse's head, signed by Ann Davidow and Sarah A. Frank


Page 36
Attachment: A Streetcar Named Desire, program, Academy of Music, 2 November 1950
Attachment: Typed anonymous poem about Sylvia Plath, annotated by SP
Attachment: Ticket stubs; A Streetcar Named Desire, Orchestra, Left, P 13 and P 15
Attachment: Ticket stubs; Sophia's Circus, 1 December? 1950
Attachment: Ticket stubs; Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, 10 February 1951, John M. Greene Hall, Section D, Row 8, Seat 13


Page 37
Attachment: Quelques Shows or George is Down Ou-Rally program with ticket stub, John M. Greene Hall, 22 February 1951, Section B, Row 17, Seat 7
Attachment: Letter from Sylvia Plath to Guy Wilbor, undated, circa December 1950
Attachment: Invitation to Christmas Dance, Wellesley College, 26 December 1950


Page 38
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Marcia Brown on skis in the snow, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on verso "Syl Plath"; 4 February 1951
Photograph: Marcia Brown on skis, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath on skis in the snow, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Sylvia Plath standing in the snow about to throw a snowball, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Marcia Brown sitting in snow, Francestown, New Hampshire; captioned on recto by SP: "FEB 4, 1951"
Photograph: Ann Davidow sitting on her horse "Sylvy", 1948; captioned on verso by AD
Photograph: Ann Davidow standing in front of a house and wearing a coat; captioned on verso by AD; circa 1950-1951


Page 39
Attachment: Pearl Primus, Dark Rhythm program, John M. Greene Hall, 7 February 1951.
Attachment: Ticket stub, Pearl Primus, 7 February 1951; Section C, Row 12, seat 11
Attachment: Smith College, Exercises in Commemoration of the Two Hundred and Nineteenth Anniversary of the Birth of Washington, John M. Greene Hall, 22 February 1951, program


Page 39a
Attachment: Postcard of the Empire State Building, New York
Attachment: Request Card, Lou Terrasi's restaurant; SP asked them to play "When the Saints Come Marching In".
Attachment: New York Central System, railroad ticket envelope
Attachment: Ticket stub, Darkness at Noon, 31 March 1951, Orchestra, Center H 101
Attachment: Ticket stub; Broadway Embassy, then located at Broadway & 46th Street
Attachment: Ticket stub; Empire State Observatories
Attachment: Postcard, view of Central Park from atop Empire State Building


Page 40
Attachment: Kiss the Boys Good-Bye!, Dramat Playbill
Attachment: 19th Annual Yale Swimming Carnival, 17 February 1951, program


Page 41
Attachment: Yale News, 10 March 1951


Page 42
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom invitation
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom booklet, annotated by SP


Page 43
Attachment: The Yale Record, Yale Junior Prom issue, 1951, (cover)


Page 44
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Richard Norton, Yale Junior Prom, 9 March 1951


Page 45
Attachment: Yale Junior Prom, 1951, booklet, inscribed by Richard Norton to SP
Attachment: Telegram from Brenda to Sylvia Plath and Richard Norton: "Silvia and Dick thinking of you many happy returns of all this fun :Brenda, 10 March 1951
Attachment: Reserved table sign


Page 46
Attachment: Placemat; visible text printed: "Simple Simon Seek A Pieman White Going To The Fair…", annotated by SP: "May 10, 11, 12 –"
Attachment: Skin of Our Teeth, program, 10-12 May 1951


Page 46a
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with other members of the Freshman class in Haven House at Smith College, looking calm; circa spring 1951
Photograph: Sylvia Plath with other members of the Freshman class in Haven House at Smith College, with bottles and a Yale banner; circa spring 1951
Attachment: Senior Banquet invitation, Wednesday, May 23, '51; menu and program printed inside


Page 47
Photograph: Sylvia Plath and Haven House residents, SP in fifth row, fourth from left; spring 1951; SP annotated with a red arrow pointed at her


Page 48
Attachment: Yale University Baccalaureate Address, 10 June 1951, program


Page 49
Attachment: Yale University Two Hundred and Fiftieth Commencement, 11 June 1951, program


Page 50
Attachment: Yale University Class Day Exercises, 10 June 1951, program


Page 51
Photograph: Sylvia Plath sunbathing on rocky beach, Children's Island; 24 July 1951
Photograph: Sylvia Plath babysitting two Mayo children and a Blodgett child at the beach; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: The Blodgett's yacht in Marblehead Harbor; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: Sylvia Plath, Marcia Brown, and a dog at Castle Rock, Marblehead; circa July-August 1951


Page 52
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (back of house); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (garden); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (SP's bedroom/porch door); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: 144 Beach Bluff Avenue, Swampscott (porch and ocean); circa July-August 1951
Photograph: The Mayo family Dalmatian; circa July-August 1951


Page 53
Photograph: Joey Mayo on a rocking horse; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: The Blodgett's house; circa July-August 1951
Attachment: Ticket stub; House of Seven Gables
Photograph: Joey Mayo on the beach, standing; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: Joey Mayo with a cup at house; circa July-August 1951
Photograph: Joey Mayo at the beach, squatting; circa July-August 1951


Page 54
Attachment: Sylvia Plath drawing of Marcia Brown playing piano; on verso of Eastern and Pleon Yacht Club, Sailing Instruction Program
Photograph: Marcia Brown on driftwood, Children's Island; 24 July 1951
Photograph: Marcia Brown on dory; 24 July 1951


Page 55
Attachment: The Princeton Tiger, 29 September 1951, (cover)


Page 56
Photograph: Robert Frost; unknown date


Page 57
Attachment: Christmas card from Margot Macdonald, from Seventeen


Page 58
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Page 59
Clipping: "My Garden." The Phillipian. November 1945: 7
Clipping: "A Winter Sunset." The Phillipian. February 1946: 6
Clipping: "Spring Song." The Phillipian. April 1946: 13
Clipping: "The Pond in Spring." The Phillipian. June 1946: 13
Clipping: "The Rain." The Phillipian. June 1945: 20
Clipping: "March." The Phillipian. April 1945: 19
Clipping: "The Spring Parade." The Phillipian. April 1945: 16
Clipping: "The Snowflake Star." The Phillipian. February 1946: 9


Page 60
Clipping: "Rewards of a New England Summer." Christian Science Monitor. 12 September 1950: 15
Clipping: "Youth's Plea for World Peace." Christian Science Monitor. 16 March 1950: 19
Clipping: "Bitter Strawberries." Christian Science Monitor. 11 August 1950: 17


Page 61
Clipping: "Sea Symphony." The Phillipian. April 1947: 5
Clipping: "October." The Phillipian. November 1946: 4
Clipping: "Fireside Reveries." The Phillipian. February 1947: 7
Clipping: "May." The Phillipian. June 1947: 26
Clipping: "A Morning in the Agora." The Phillipian. February 1947: 5
Attachment: clipping of ballerina dancing


Page 62
Clipping: "Victory." The Phillipian. April 1947: 6
Attachment: "The Top Papers in the Contests", Unknown periodical, circa 1950, page 31; "243. 'Seek No More the Young' by Sylvia Plath, Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, Massachusetts, Wilbury A. Crockett, Instructor"; annotated by SP.
Attachment: Check stub, Christian Science Monitor, 15 March 1950, $5.00 "Letter on Atomic Energy"


Page 63
Clipping: "Bradford Editors Attend Boston Tea Party!!" by Sylvia Plath (unattributed); covering 24 October 1949 Boston Globe party; possibly from an issue of The Bradford
Clipping: "Globe Party for Editors Features Miss Woodward." The Boston Globe. 28 January 1950: 3, 6; annotated by SP
Clipping: "6 School Editors Win Globe Scholarships" by Elizabeth Watts. The Boston Globe. 25 May 1950: 1, 8.
Clipping: "Question." The Bradford. 27 October 1949: 2
Clipping: "The Farewell." The Bradford. 29 April 1950: 2
Attachment: Issue of The Bradford, 27 October 1949. Missing


Page 64
Attachment: "Your Passport to Successful writing"
Clipping: "Family Reunion." The Bradford. 29 April 1950: 2
Attachment: 10 rejection Letters from Margot Macdonald to Sylvia Plath, 9 undated; one dated 9 June 1950
Attachment: Letter from John T. Taylor (The Boston Globe) to Sylvia Plath, 28 February 1950; regarding award
Attachment: Writing Aptitude Test results


Page 65
Attachment: Letter from Katherine Benion to Sylvia Plath, 17 February 1951; regarding an article she wanted to write after reading SP in Seventeen
Attachment: Letter from Katherine Benion to Sylvia Plath, 24 March 1951; thanking SP for photograph and information


Page 66
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20 April 2017

The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath: In Boston

Gail Crowther's recently published The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath (Stroud: Fonthill Media, 2017) is a book I hope many people buy and read. As I was a participant in the book, I do not feel comfortable reviewing it. I do, however, feel I can promote it. The Haunted Reader is about Sylvia Plath, but also about her readers. I think in the stories Gail collected and tells, that each one of us may find a similar thing happened when you first started reading Sylvia Plath. And the wonderful thing is, even with those similarities there are more than likely significant differences in how each of us came to Plath and how we all read and react to her work.

When Gail's first book, Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning came out I took a copy of the book all around Boston and Wellesley with me photographing it in various places and situations. I decided to do the same with her recent work, though scaled back just a bit.

Here is Gail's book hanging out with some friends.


The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath considered going into the Christian Science Church, but in the end the day was too nice not to be outside.



However it was not nice enough outside to deny ourselves some refreshments -- a nice French Roast coffee, black and scalding just like Plath liked it, and a chocolate chip cookie -- at Oakleaf Cakes on Westland Avenue.


In the process of wandering around Boston's Back Bay and Fenway area, I discovered that her publisher Fonthill had already embarked on a massive promotional campaign for the book, in advance of its scheduled availablity in the US on Amazon.com on 21 April 2017.

Here is a big poster on a brick wall near the Berklee College of Music, which is home to the worst-dressed college students in the country. Thank goodness Plath is classing it up a bit with her awesomeness.


Not to be outdone, the cover was screen-printed to cover twenty or so stories of the south-west facing side of the John Hancock Tower.


All frivolity aside, Gail's book is a unique approach to Sylvia Plath and I hope you enjoy it.

All links accessed 21 March 2017.
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Publications & Acknowledgements

  • BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
  • Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
  • Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
  • Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
  • Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
  • Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. (Acknowledged in)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath. London: Faber, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
  • Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.

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