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Art of Sylvia Plath, the (1970) [Textbook]
by Ted Hughes John Frederick Nims Sylvia Plath Anne Sexton Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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This volume represents a symposium of critical articles, reminiscences, and book reviews on the life and work of the young American writer, author of the recently published novel The Bell Jar and several volumes of verse including Ariel. Among the contributors are Hugh Kenner, Ted Hughes, John Frederick Nims, Anne Sexton, Stephen Spender, and George Steiner. Contains an appendix of unpublished poems, prose,and drawings by Miss Plath.


  • Introduction
  • Part I: This section is intended to place Sylvia Plath's work in some intellectual and cultural perspective. These are generalist, comparative essays sharing many of the same assumptions but differing greatly in style and approach
    • Candor is the only Wile by Charles Newman
    • Sylvia Plath by A. Alvarez
    • Sylvia Plath and confessional poetry by M.L. Rosenthal
    • Sylvia Plath: 'And I Have No Face, I Have Wanted to Efface Myself...' by Richard Howard
  • Part II: This section is more strictly analytical than Part I, elucidating Sylvia Plath's work through its imagery and metre.
    • Sea-imagery in the work of Sylvia Plath by Edward Lucie-Smith
    • The world as icon -- On Sylvia Plath's themes by Annette Lavers
    • The poetry of Sylvia Plath -- a technical analysis by John Frederick Nims
  • Part III: This section is biographical and reminiscent in character, situation the poems in time and place
    • Notes toward a biography by Lois Ames
    • The barfly ought to sing by Anne Sexton
    • Remembering Sylvia by Wendy Campbell
    • The chronological order of Sylvia Plath's poems by Ted Hughes
  • Part IV: General short reviews of various persuasions
    • Warnings from the grave by Stephen Spender
    • On Sylvia Plath by A.E. Dyson
    • Dying is an Art by George Steiner
  • Part V: These essays deal with single works not specifically discussed in preceding contributions
    • The Bell Jar -- An American girlhood by Mary Ellmann
    • On Three Women by Douglas Cleverdon
    • On 'Daddy' by A.R. Jones
  • Appendix: Some unpublished, uncollected and simply indicative poems and prose
    • Dialogue en Route c. 1951
    • Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper 1956
    • On the Plethora of Dryads 1956
    • Epitaph for Fire and Flower 1956
    • Battle-Scene from the Comic Operatic Fantasy The Seafarer 1957
    • Words for a Nursery 1957
    • Mushrooms 1959
    • In Plaster 1961
    • An Appearance 1962
    • Lesbos 1962
    • Purdah 1962
    • Mystic 1963
    • Excerpt from a radio play Three Women 1962
    • OCEAN 1212-W 1962
    • Thalidomide
    • Pen drawings by Sylvia Plath
  • An Informal Checklist of Criticism by Mary Kinzie
  • Bibliography

Original title: The Art of Sylvia Plath
Original languages: English


Genre: Poetry
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Edition #1: Art of Sylvia Plath, the

Art of Sylvia Plath, the (1970)
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Language: English

Edited by: Charles Newman
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Art of Sylvia Plath, the (1970)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Bloomington, IN
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253201489
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.7 in
Pages: 319

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