Previously unknown Sylvia Plath artifacts revealed in talk on the poet at Plymouth University
PREVIOUSLY unknown artefacts associated with tragic poet Sylvia Plath will be at the centre of a talk by two eminent scholars in Plymouth.
Gail Crowther and Peter Steinberg, known as the Sylvia Plath Scholars, will present "Ghostly Archives" to the public, at Plymouth University.
The pair specialise in studying the American poet and writer who committed suicide in 1963 at the age of just 30. Plath, whose best-known work is the novel The Bell Jar, lived for a time in Devon with her husband, the poet Ted Hughes.
Dr Crowther is lecturer in religion, culture and society at the University of Central Lancashire.
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Mr Steinberg is an archivist at Massachusetts Historical Society, in Boston, USA.
In what is the fifth instalment of their "Ghostly Archives" the academics will uncover previously unknown correspondence, poetry drafts, photographs, and places which inspired Plath's work.
"These Ghostly Archives is a series of papers co-authored by Crowther and Steinberg describing their experiences of working in the Plath archives and their subsequent discoveries of hitherto unknown material," a Plymouth University spokesman said.
"The authors explore the archive not only as a fixed, traditional building but as a living dynamic space where, for example, houses Plath once lived in become history on the ground. The papers are written as a conversation between the two authors describing the 'archive' fever that can take hold in the ghostly presence of Plath."
The Ghostly Archives talk takes place on Wednesday, March, 20, at 6pm in room 605 of the Rolle Building at Plymouth University.