"a valuable, important book...painstaking and lucid" 'I would certainly want to use it as a textbook.'
'I wolfed it down in one rapid reading, which will be followed by numerous
intensive close re-readings. It is bound to be immensely helpful...'
'I am grateful for the authoritative information about manuscript evidence.'
' ...what prompted this letter, aside from the surge of admiration your book
produced in me...'
' ...a valuable, important book--so painstaking and lucid about issues
fundamental to critical evaluation of these poets.''
['poets' here refers to Plath and Hughes]
'My thanks for all your hard work, and my gratitude for your critical acumen.'
Diane Ward Middlebrook, Professor of English, Standford University.
From the Back Cover
General Editor- Stan Smith
Professor in Literary Studies, Nottingham Trent University
This exciting series provides students of twentieth-century literature with some of the most advanced scholarly and critical work in the field in a lucid and accessible form. Volumes may focus on an individual author or literary movement or address critical and cultural themes and historical moments. The series assumes no particular critical line or theoretical tendency but aims to present the best writing on twentieth century literature and culture by new and established critics in a way which reveals the remarkable diversity of modern critical approaches.
In this exciting new study, Tracy Brain moves away from the endlessly retold story of Sylvia Plath's life to argue that there is another Sylvia Plath- a writer who was much more interested in a world beyond her own skin than critics have allowed. Tracy Brain provides new close readings of stories and poems that have seldom been talked about, or have been discussed in mainly biographical terms. She provides a fascinating discussion of-
· environmentalism in Plath's work
· Plath's treatment of American and English culture
· the relationship between Plath's work and the work of Charlotte Bronte and Virginia Woolf
Plath's unpublished letters are examined, as well as hand-written drafts of poems, typescripts of the Bell Jar and annotated copies of the books that most influenced her. The book also explores the ways in which Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath drafted their poems together and wrote poems in answer to each other. It is also the first volume to look at Plath's home-made art scrapbooks and to analyse the significance of the cover designs and marketing of Plath's work.
Providing a fresh new insight into the life and works of Sylvia Plath, The Other Sylvia Plath is essential reading for students of Twentieth Century Literature, American Literature and Contemporary Poetry, as well as being of interest to those who have a general interest in Plath.
Tracy Brain lectures in English and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University College.