11 September 2017

The Education of Sylvia Plath, Smith College, 1952-1953

For her third year at Smith College, Sylvia Plath changed houses from Haven to Lawrence. Lawrence House is a co-operative house and residents performed jobs in exchange for a reduced tuition. Plath roomed this year with Mary Bonneville, a senior. The room numbers have changed, but from descriptions, Plath and Bonneville lived in either room 6 on the second floor or room 24 on the third floor.



With a major of English declared, Plath's studies this year were dominated by courses in this subject. She was required to take a Science course and this caused her quite a bit of concern. Plath was heavily involved with Press Board and other extra-curricular activities. During the first semester, her more-or-less steady boyfriend Richard Norton was diagnosed with tuberculosis while a student at Harvard Medical School and was treated at a sanatorium at Ray Brook, New York.

Plath's notebooks for Medieval Literature, Milton, Modern Poetry, and Physical Science are held in Plath mss II, Lilly Library. Papers or works created for a course which are held by the Lilly Library and listed in their finding aid have been added beneath the course.

English Unit, Medieval Literature: Seminar in Middle English Poetry. Emphasis will be placed on the works of Chaucer, medieval romances, or medieval drama, according to the special needs of the students. Attention will be given not so much to the reading of texts as to problems of research. Mr Howard Rollin Patch.

English Unit, Modern Poetry: Taught by Elizabeth Drew

Edith Sitwell and the Development of Her Poetry, 25 March 1953

English 39b, Milton: Milton. W Th F 2. Eleanor Terry Lincoln.

Chiaroscuro and Counterpoint, 11 May 1953

English 347a, Style and Form: The expression of different kinds of experience. By permission of the instructor. W Th F 2. Mr Robert Gorham Davis.

"Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom"; 12 December 1952; and
"Dialogue", 19 January 1953

English 347b, Techniques of Fiction and Criticism: Techniques of fiction and criticism with some consideration of poetry and expository form. By permission of the instructor. W Th F 2. Robert Gorham Davis.

"Doomsday", 21 February 1953; and
"To a Dissembling Spring", Spring 1953;

Physical Science 193 (a) World of Atoms: The World of Atoms. An introductory study of modern atomic theory by means of relevant aspects of chemistry and physics, including developments of current interest. Emphasis is placed on the logic of science and the nature of the evidence rather than on technical applications. Three lectures and one discussion. Lee. Th F S 9; Dis. W 10, 2. Mr Sherk (Director), Irving L. Kofsky. (Division III)

In the spring semester, Plath audited the following course:

English 44b, Twentieth Century British Literature: Joyce, Yeats, Eliot: M T W 10. Miss Drew.

Her notebook from this course, concentrating on James Joyce, is held by the Lilly Library.

All links accessed 9 August 2017.

01 September 2017

The Persistence of Sylvia Plath


For a long time now, 2017 has appeared to be a banner, monumental year for Sylvia Plath with so much happening. So, last winter I pitched an article idea to the good people at Fine Books & Collections on Sylvia Plath and to my absolute happiness, they said yes and made it a feature-like story. Thus I got to work on what became "The Persistence of Plath" which is out now in the Autumn 2017 issue.

My article discusses the National Portrait Gallery's One Life: Sylvia Plath exhibit; a member exhibit titled "This is the light of the mind: Selections from the Sylvia Plath Collection of Judith G. Raymo at the Grolier Club in New York City; and the publication of the Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1. I also mention conference Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words, Fragments.

One Life opened on 30 June and runs through 20 May 2018 and by now you know a lot about it. Raymo's exhibit runs from 20 September to 4 November 2017. The Letters of Sylvia Plath are published on 5 October in the UK and 17 October in the US. The Plath Conference is to be held at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 10-11 November.

If you want to read more, you need to buy the magazine!

All links accessed 27 August 2018.

24 August 2017

Call for Sylvia Plath Help

If you have been visiting the Sylvia Plath Info Blog for any amount of time, you know that 24 August usually features something relating to Plath's first suicide attempt on that day in 1953. There are many posts "tagged" with "First Suicide Attempt". I'd encourage you all to click through these posts to see a history of the work I did on building a full bibliography of the articles that I have located.

The post I had long intended for this year's anniversary was the announcement that I had transcribed all the articles that I had found to date. But I decided to post that on 1 January as I could not see sitting on that for most of the year.

In the past, I have asked for help from readers of this blog to search through their local library's and university's microfilms to see if they can find missing articles. To date, no one has heeded the call. So... I am asking now, again, for some helping in building on the bibliography. 

If you have any interest in what the house at 26 Elmwood Road is like, please do read the section of Chapter 4 "'A house redolent with ghosts...': Plath’s domestic and creative spaces" (pp. 93-99) in my book with Gail Crowther, These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath, published earlier this year by Fonthill. (Book Depository).


All links accessed 17 August 2017.

20 August 2017

Review of Vivian R. Pollak's Our Emily Dickinsons

Review of Vivian R. Pollak, Our Emily Dickinsons: American Women Poets and the Intimacies of Difference, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016, pp. 355, $55. ISBN: 987-0-8122-4844-9


Vivian R. Pollak's Our Emily Dickinsons is a rich, intensely researched, and well written exploration of American women poets from Emily Dickinson to Marianne Moore to Sylvia Plath to Elizabeth Bishop. Pollak book takes "roughly one hundred years as its focus, Our Emily Dickinsons describes changing conceptions of Dickinson and the problem for women poets of being cut off from the social experiences which consolidate and affective community, however that community is defined" (8-9). The book also concentrates on other important figures in each of these people's lives such as Helen Hunt Jackson and Mabel Loomis Todd for Dickinson as well as significant family members and/or partners/spouses. These four main subjects share something like an heredity of female poetics.

I enjoyed learning as much about the life of Emily Dickinson and the afterlife of her publishing history as I did in the introduction and first two chapters. The third chapter on Marianne Moore continued Pollak's examination expertly. It would have seemed more logical/chronological to me to put Bishop next rather than the two-chapter Plath intermission as strictly speaking Bishop should have been next up. However, by the close of the book the order of the poets discussed seemed a natural lineage.

Chapter 4, "Moore, Plath, Hughes, and 'The Literary Life'", was first published in American Literary History in 2005. I loved it then, as I do again now, as I felt it probed into an overlooked and thus little understood relationship. Pollak's research was inspiring. And it remains so. Throughout chapter 4, Dickinson is all but absent, which left me wondering why this was included other than act as a to bridge Moore and Plath. However, Pollak explains Dickinson's absence in her conclusion which was admirable. The additional Plath chapter, "Plath's Dickinson: On Not Stopping for Death" appears to be new and written for this volume. Here Pollak "discusses Plath's early imitations of Dickinson and explores the roles of her mother, Aurelia Schober Plath, and of her husband Ted Hughes in shaping Plath's literary taste and posthumous reputation" (16). There is some content-overlap between chapters four and five with some quotes and points being repeated, and in general I dislike the use of the familiar "Sylvia", "Ted", "Emily", etc. and I found the end of chapter five, in a section entitled "A Queer Interlude" to be a stretch as a way to connect Plath to Bishop.

Pollak's Our Emily Dickinsons is an original, convincing, and authoritative work on the life and posthumous publications of the mysteriously reclusive and enigmatic Emily Dickinson. Pollak explores reactions and responses to Emily Dickinson by three of the 20th centuries leading women's poets. Pollak's work in and with a variety of archives, as well as her notes and documentation, is exemplary scholarship. There is no other book like it.

All links accessed 12 August 2017.

10 August 2017

The Education of Sylvia Plath, Smith College, 1951-1952

This is the second post in a series on the Education of Sylvia Plath and it reviews the courses she took during the 1951-1952 academic year.

In Sylvia Plath's second year at Smith College, she roomed with Marcia Brown (later Stern), in Room 6 of Haven House. This room was on the middle floor of the house (2nd floor American, 1st floor elsewhere). Plath's room faced the Davis Student Center this year and the room had a bay window, a nice architectural feature.

View from bay window of Room 6, toward Library

View from bay window of Room 6, toward Elm Street
1950s floor plan of Haven House

As with her first year, Plath carried six courses and received 15 credits (Physical Education did not earn her any credit). Using the finding aid to Plath mss II at the Lilly Library, I have added some of the papers that Sylvia Plath submitted for her courses. Her artwork I am unable to attribute at this time, an oversight for which I apologize. Plath's notebooks for Government 11 and Religion 14 are held by the Lilly Library.

Art 210: Development of Principles and Methods of Visual Expression. Studio and individual projects in creative pictorial organization, using various painting and graphic media and techniques. Prerequisite, 13. Students must consult the instructor before enrolling. Nine studio hours of which six must be M T W 10-12. Mr Cohen. (51)

English 211: Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. M T W 9. Miss Randall and Miss Drew. (71).

English 220a, 220b: Practice in Various Form of Writing. M T W 11, 2. Miss Page. (73)

"The Perfect Set-Up", September 1951;
"The Latvian", 30 October 1951;
"Sonnet: To Eva", before 2 November 1951;
"Sonnet: To Time", before 15 November 1951;
"Somebody and We", 15 November 1951;
"Suburban Nocturne", 15 November 1951;
"Mary Ventura", 14 December 1951;
"All I Can Tell You Is about the Fog", Spring 1952;
"The Estonian", 29 February 1952;
"Though Dynasties Pass", 14 March 1952;
"Sunday at the Mintons", March-April 1952;
"The Dead", 11 April 1952; and
"Marie", 4 May 1952
Government 11: Introduction to Politics. Leading problems, principles, and concepts in political science. For Freshmen and Sophomores only; not open to students who have taken Social Science 192. Two lectures and one recitation. Lee. M T 12. Rec. W 9, 12, 2; Th 11, 12, 3; F 11, 2. Mr Overstreet, Mr Pierce, and members of the Department. (84)

Physical Education 2a, 2b: Dance and Sports. Three periods of one hour each. Required for Sophomores. Each term a choice of sports and dance as listed under the corresponding term for 1a and b. (111)

Religion 14: Introduction to the Study of Religion. Teachings of contemporary Judaism, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism. Problems presented by scientific thought, nationalism, and industrialized society. Survey of certain important religious ideas. For Freshmen and Sophomores only. Lee. Th 10. Rec. (for Freshmen) Th F 3, F S 10; (for Sophomores) Th F 2, F S 10. Miss Corwin, Mr Christian. (117)

["Religious Beliefs"], circa Fall 1951?;
"Unitarianism: Yesterday and Today", 8 December 1951; and
"Religion As I See It", 3 May 1952
All links accessed 2 August 2017.

03 August 2017

Sylvia Plath Scholar Heather Clark Awarded NEH Grant

Heather Clark, author of The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (OUP, 2011) and The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast, 1962-1972 (OUP, 2006), has been awarded a $50,000 2017-18 "Public Scholar" Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds will enable Clark to continue work on her forthcoming, highly-anticipated biography of Sylvia Plath entitled Sylvia Plath: The Light of the Mind (Knopf).

The award says many things but perhaps most important is the NEH's recognition of Sylvia Plath's status as an iconic American writer.

Reports have appeared so far in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

From The Washington Post, "Heather Clark won a public scholars grant to write a definitive critical biography of Sylvia Plath, which Knopf expects to publish in 2019."

Heather Clark, CUNY Research Foundation ($50,400): "The Light of the Mind"

"A biography of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) that emphasizes her literary development and her important place in American letters."

Congratulations Heather!  You can read the full list of grants here (p. 29)

All links accessed 2 and 3 August 2017.

01 August 2017

The Education of Sylvia Plath, Smith College, 1950-1951

Sylvia Plath's education was impressive. She attended grade schools in Winthrop and Wellesley, Massachusetts before matriculating with the class of 1954 at Smith College in Northampton. I have always wanted a single easy way to see which courses Plath was taking and when so as such I have made a series of blog posts on the subject of "The Education of Sylvia Plath". This is the first part, for her first year at Smith College, 1950-1951. Perhaps in time I can go a little further and do something like this for Plath's junior high and high school if the record is complete enough to reconstruct something meaningful.

Using the Smith College course catalogs both in person and via the Archive.org, I have transcribed the courses from these sources that Plath herself would have read. They give an overview of the subject, but to read her notes and syllabi and papers would require traveling to the Lilly Library, Indiana University at Bloomington which holds the greatest number of these materials. Smith College itself may have some syllabi in the College Archives.

During her first year at Smith, Plath resided in the ever-yellow Haven House and made much use of the Neilson Library, pictured here. Under English 11 and History 11, I have added the dated papers Plath wrote for the course based on information from the Plath mss II finding aid held by the Lilly Library. Papers are held, along with Plath's notebook for Art 13, are held by the Lilly Library.

Art: Art 13, Basic Design. From the course catalog: "The visual properties of color, light, volume, space, shape, line, texture through study of simple problems dealing with the nature of these elements, the use of materials and their creative application. For Freshman, Sophomores, and Junior transfer students. M 9; eight studio hours of which four must be T W 2-4, Th F 10-12, 2-4. Director, Mr Jules" (51).

Botany 11: General Botany. From the course catalog: "A study of the life processes and structure of seed plants with emphasis upon their relationship to the needs of man. A survey of representative types of other green and nongreen plants; reproduction, heredity, evolution. Two lectures and two two-hour laboratory periods. Lee. Th F 12. Lab. A, M T 9; Lab. B, M T 1 1 ; Lab. C, M T 2; Lab. D, Th F 9; Lab. E, Th F 2. Miss Kemp, Mr Wright (Director), Miss Donahue" (55).

English: English 11, Freshman English. From the course catalog: "Practice in expository and critical writing in connection with the study of selected literary forms. Members of the Department. Director, Miss Chase; Assistant Director, Miss Williams" (71).
"The Golden Season", 16 October 1950;
"Atmosphere in the Short Story", 6 November 1950;
"Character is Fate", 22 November 1950;
"The Agony of the Will", 18 December 1950
"The Dualism of Thomas Mann", 17 January 1951;
"Modern Tragedy in the Classic Tradition", 26 February 1951;
"The Tragedy of Progress", 19 March 1951;
"The Imagery in Patterns", 18 April 1951; and
"A New Idiom", 9 May 1951
French 16: Introduction to French Literature. From the course catalog: "Introduction to French Literature. Choice of representative texts; literary, historical, and cultural background. Prerequisite, three units in French, 12, or 11d. M T W 9, 10, 11, 12; Th F S 9, 10, 11, 12. Members of the Department. (L)" (76).

Plath had first registered for French 13 which was a course in "Reading, Grammar, and Composition. From the course catalog: "Prerequisite, three units in French, 12, or 11D. M T W 9, 12; TH F S 9, 10, 11. Members of the Department" (76).

History: History 11, General European History. From the course catalog: "A survey of the history of Europe from the decline of the Roman Empire to the present. One lecture and two recitations. Lec. M 2. Rec. T W 10, 11, 12, 2; Th F 9, 10, 11, 12. Members of the Department. Director, Mr von Klemperer" (87). Plath was largely History taught by Mrs. Koffka.
"Darwin, Marx, Wagner", 1951
Physical Education 1a, 1b: Body Mechanics, Dance, and Sports.1 From the course catalog: "Three periods of one hour each. Required for Freshman.

1.A fee is charged for golf, riding, campcraft, and winter sports.

Fall Term. One period, body mechanics; two periods, swimming for those who have not passed the test, for others a choice of the following:

Archery, canoeing, crew, golf, hockey, riding, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball.
Individual Gymnastics. Miss Ryder, Miss Eddy.
The Dance, modern and folk. Mrs Myers, Miss Horning.

Winter Term. One period, fundamental movement; two periods, a choice of:

Badminton, basketball, bowling, children's games, fencing, riding, squash, swimming.
Individual Gymnatics [sic.]. Miss Ryder, Miss Jennings, Miss Eddy.
The Dance, continuing the fall course and new sections. Mrs Myers, Miss Horning.

Spring Term. One period, rhythmic work or body mechanics; two periods, beginning swimming for those who have not passed the test, for others a choice of:

Archery, campcraft, canoeing, children's rhythms, crew, golf, lacrosse, riding, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball.
Individual Gymnastics. Miss Ryder, Miss Eddy.
The Dance, continuing the fall and winter courses and new sections. Mrs Myers, Miss Horning" (111).

 All links accessed 19 June 2017 and 31 July 2017.

21 July 2017

The Letters of Sylvia Plath: An Update


It seems to have been going on for ages, but The Letters of Sylvia Plath really took off sometime in 2011. Work began before this, by several years, but the daily grind of locating, transcribing and all the rest started about then. I think...

It has been the most immense privilege to get to work so closely with Plath's letters and archives, with Karen V. Kukil (the co-editor), with Frieda Hughes, and the very good people at Faber and HarperCollins on this project. Not to mention the archivists and librarians and private citizens who have offered tireless help and information.

After living with the manuscript in various states and sizes for so many years, it is with the utmost pleasure that I am publishing this blog post to let you know that the hundreds of letters comprising Volume 1 (1940-1956) is off my hands and has passed now the point of no return.

THANK YOU ALL for your support and patience during this project. You will never really know, and nor can I express in words, just how you each sustained me for the duration of this project. Every letter located, read, transcribed, annotated, edited, and proofed was done all for you and on the support of your shoulders. I am so thrilled to have this volume of the book at the publishers. To kind of quote Plath, "We have come so far, it is [nearly] over."

From Amazon.co.uk:
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was one of the writers that defined the course of twentieth-century poetry. Her vivid, daring and complex poetry continues to captivate new generations of readers and writers.

In the Letters, we discover the art of Plath's correspondence. Most has never before been published and is here presented unabridged, without revision, so that she speaks directly in her own words. Refreshingly candid and offering intimate details of her personal life, Plath is playful, too, entertaining a wide range of addressees, including family, friends and professional contacts, with inimitable wit and verve.

The letters document Plath's extraordinary literary development: the genesis of many poems, short and long fiction, and journalism. Her endeavour to publish in a variety of genres had mixed receptions, but she was never dissuaded. Through acceptance of her work, and rejection, Plath strove to stay true to her creative vision. Well-read and curious, she offers a fascinating commentary on contemporary culture.

Leading Plath scholar Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil, editor of The Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962, provide comprehensive footnotes and an extensive index informed by their meticulous research. Alongside a selection of photographs and Plath's own line-drawings, they masterfully contextualise what the pages disclose.

This selection of early correspondence marks the key moments of Plath's adolescence, including childhood hobbies and high school boyfriends; her successful but turbulent undergraduate years at Smith College; the move to England and Cambridge University; and her meeting and marrying Ted Hughes, including unseen letters post-honeymoon, revealing their extraordinary creative partnership.
Look for publication on 5 October (UK) and 17 October (US)!  At 1,424 pages (per Amazon), this volume of Plath's letters will be about fifty pages fatter than Faber's own Collected Poems of Ted Hughes. So, start lifting weights. I will have much more to say about the work that went into The Letters of Sylvia Plath project at the Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words, and Fragments Conference being organized by Plath scholar Maeve O'Brien. The conference will be hosted by the Ulster University, Belfast, on 10-11 November. The call for papers closes on 31 July, so please send your proposals in soon.

I guess I have to start thinking about Volume 2 now!

All links accessed 20 July 2017; blurb accessed 20 July 2017.

07 July 2017

The Letters of Sylvia Plath: The Covers

Earlier this week I tweeted the cover of the Faber edition of the forthcoming The Letters of Sylvia Plath. It met with a wide spectrum of praise and criticism but I think the designers at Faber perfectly capture the essence of Plath that is reflected in the letters. Radiantly happy and in full color.


In addition to the Faber cover, the HarperCollins design is now finalized and approved.


In the meantime, when not blogging or tweeting...I am working alongside of the co-editor Karen V. Kukil furiously and fastidiously on the index and all the other final things. The first volume of the Letters of Sylvia Plath is scheduled to be published on 5 October (UK) and 17 October (US).

All links accessed 7 July 2017.

01 July 2017

One Life: Sylvia Plath, an Exhibition

One Life: Sylvia Plath is an exhibition on the poet and writer on at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibit opened yesterday and is on view through 20 May 2018.

I visited the exhibit on opening day, of course, and was thoroughly impressed with the selection of materials and narrative of the show, curated by Dorothy Moss of the NPG and guest co-curated by Karen V. Kukil of Smith College.

From the website:
"One Life: Sylvia Plath" is the first exploration of the poet and writer's life in an art and history museum. The exhibition reveals how Plath shaped her identity visually as she came of age as a writer in the 1950s. Visitors will get a look into Plath's personal life and her dualistic nature she explained as her "brown-haired" and "platinum" personalities. Through personal letters, her own artwork, family photographs and relevant objects, this exhibition highlights Plath's struggle to understand her own self and to navigate the societal pressures placed on young women during her time. Her Smith College thesis, "The Magic Mirror: A Study of the Double in Two of Dostoevsky's Novels," suggests that she took an academic approach to studying her own dualities.

The exhibition features a carefully selected array of images and objects from the Plath archives at Smith College and Indiana University's Lilly Library, two collections that have never been brought together before in a museum exhibition. Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the Portrait Gallery, is curator of this show, joined by guest co-curator Karen Kukil, associate curator of rare books and manuscripts at Smith College.
I highly recommend anyone interested in Sylvia Plath, poetry, archives, and museums to visit the National Portrait Gallery for their One Life: Sylvia Plath exhibit in the next eleven months. There are brochures (to take!) available in English and Spanish, and a guide to the collections is also available, not to take, in English, Spanish, and Braille!






All links accessed 26 June 2018.
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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 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, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • 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: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017.
  • 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.
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (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, Volume 1, 1940-1956. 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. "'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. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • 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. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "The Persistence of Plath." Fine Books & Collections. Autumn 2017: 24-29
  • 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. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.

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