Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) - Bibliography

The works of Sylvia Plath

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American Editions
Audio Tapes and Videos
English Editions
Rare Editions

American Editions

Ariel, paperback 1999 Ariel The collection that established her fame.
  • New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1966, 85 p., 1st Am. edition
    Introduction by Robert Lowell.
  • Borgo Press 1991, Hardcover, ISBN: 0809590565
  • Harpercollins, 1975, 1999, 105 p. paperback, ISBN: 0060931728
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  • Buccaneer Books 1999, Hardcover, ISBN: 1568497237
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The Bed Book
  • New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, Publishers 1976, out of print
    Pictures by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Trophy Press 1989, Paperback
The Bell Jar, Paperback Harper Perennial 2000 The Bell Jar (click the tilte for more info)
The Colossus and Other Poems The Colossus and Other Poems
Her first published collection of poems, includes "The Beekeeper's Daughter", "The Disquieting Muses", "Full Fathom Five" and others. (40 poems)
  • New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1962, 1st Am. edition
  • New York: Vintage Books 1968
  • Buccaneer Books 1991, Hardcover
  • Random House Hardcover (June 1962),ISBN: 0394403355, oop
  • Random House 1968, Paperback, 96 p. oop
  • Random House 1998, Paperback, 96 p., ISBN: 0375704469
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Collected Poems, paperback 1986 Collected Poems
Containing everything that Sylvia Plath wrote after 1956, this is one of the most comprehensive collections of her work. Edited, annotated, and with an introduction by Ted Hughes.
Crossing the Water Crossing the Water
  • first ed. in the U.S. by Harper & Row, 1971, 56 p.
  • Harpercollins 1980, Paperback
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  • Borgo Press 1991, Hardcover
The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit
ill. by Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • St Martins Press 1996, Hardcover, 1st Am. edition
Johnny Panic, Harperperennial 2000 Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
Short stories, prose and diary excerpts. The title story is a wonderful and haunting piece of writing.
  • New York: Harper & Row, Publishers 1979, 1st Am. edition
  • New York: HarperCollins, Paperback (January 1980), ISBN: 0060907479
  • Buccaneer Books,Library Binding (July 1997), ; ISBN: 1568493851
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  • Harperperennial Library 2000, Paperback, 320 pages
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This collection of short stories, essays, and diary excerpts highlights her fierce concentration on craft, the vitality of her intelligence, and the yearnings of her imaginaton. Featuring an introduction by Plath's husband, the late British poet Ted Hughes, these writings also reflect themes and images she would fully realize in her poetry. Jonny Panic and the Bible of Dreams truly showcases the talent and genius of Sylvia Plath.
The Journals of Sylvia Plath - new edition The Journals of Sylvia Plath (abridged)
Sylvia Plath began keeping a diary as a young child. By the time she was at Smith College, when this book begins, she had settled into a nearly daily routine with her journal, which was also a sourcebook for writing. Plath's ambitions as a writer were urgent and ultimately all-consuming, requiring of her a heat, a fantastic chaos, even a violence that burned straight through her. The intensity of this struggle is rendered in her journals with an unsparing clarity, revealing both the frequent desperation of her situation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons.
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
ed. by Diana Secker Larson, A major literary event--the complete, uncensored journals of Sylvia Plath, published in their entirety for the first time. This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never before been made public, more fully revealing the intensity of the poet's personal and literary struggles, and providing fresh insight into both her frequent desperation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons. The complete Journals of Sylvia Plath is essential reading for all who have been moved and fascinated by Plath's life and work.
Plath Poems Plath : Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
A really excellent selection by Diane Wood Middlebrook, includes almost all the important last poems ('Letter in November' is missing), and a good selection of the 1950s stuff. There is even some juvenilia and some of Ted Hughes' notes.
Letters Home, reprint Letters home : correspondence, 1950-1963, ed. by Aurelia Schober Plath
  • New York: HarperCollins; ISBN: 0060133724, Hardcover (August 1978) oop
  • New York: Harper Perennial; ISBN: 0060974915, Paperback - 512 pages Reprint edition (April 1992)
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Winter Trees
  • New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1972, Hardcover, ISBN: 0060133678 , 1st Am. edition
  • New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1977, bookclub edition
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Audio Tapes and Videos

Voices and Visions Voices and Visions: Sylvia Plath (Video)
Plath is heard in a long interview and reading numerous poems conveying the emotional power of her world. Critics and her mother discuss the young woman who became the contemporary icon of the divided self. Archival footage chronicles Plath's meteoric career.
more details at which also contains a video clip of the poem Daddy
read the transcript of the Peter Orr interview
Voices and Visions: Sylvia Plath audio tape of the video version, includes poems read by Sylvia Plath, excerpts from the interview with Peter Orr, comments from her mother and former teachers.
Sylvia Plath reads Sylvia Plath Reads : Leaving Early, Candles, the Disquieting Muses and Other of Her Poems
also includes On the Decline of Oracles, The Goring, Ouija and Sculptor. Recorded 1959.
Voice of the Poet: Plath Voice of the Poet: Plath
side A contains early poems recorded in the 1950s, side B contains poems from the famous BBC recording in 1962 like Daddy, Lady Lazarus, etc.
The Poet Speaks: 1
Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Philip Larkin, T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Roger McGough, Steve Smith, Robert Graves
Penguin Audiobooks 1999 The Bell Jar
The It-Doesn'T-Matter Suit
Master Poets Collection, The: Sylvia Plath - Growth of a Poet
From an amazon review by Kim: "If you are looking for illumination of Plath's work and life, or interviews, or good readings of her poems, this tape is not for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy laughing at over-serious, bad acting, terrible 70's fashions and horrific stage design, you will love this video. "

English Editions


Ariel - Pocket Poetry Selection
Ariel Plath's best-known collection of poems which "established her reputation with its courageous and controlled treatment of extreme and painful states of mind".
Collected Poems Collected Poems
Collected Children's Stories Collected Children's Stories
ill. by David Roberts
Crossing the Water Crossing the Water
Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams - paperback Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
This edition contains the 13 stories included in the first, together with five pieces of Plath's journalism as well as a few fragments from her journal, and a further nine stories selected from the Indiana Archive.
Selected Poems
Sylvia Plath: Poems selected by Ted Hughes Nice new edition of some of her favourite works in a series of poetry selected by other poets.
Letters Home
Plath's letters to her mother, selected and edited by Aurelia Schober Plath Sylvia Plath's correspondence, addressed chiefly to her mother, from her time at Smith College in the early 1950s up to her suicide in London in February 1963. In addition to her capacity for domestic and writerly happiness, these letters also hint at her potential for deep despair.
Mrs Cherry's Kitchen
The Bed Book - paperback The Bed Book
Illustrated by Quentin Bell
The Bell Jar, paperback 1976

The Bell Jar, paperback 1966
The Bell Jar Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly- written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity.
The Colossus
The It-doesn't-matter Suit - paperback The It-doesn't-matter Suit
ill. by Rotraut Susanne Berner
A children's story by Sylvia Plath which was found in manuscript form after her death. Max Nix lives with his mama and papa and six brothers in a small village called Winkelburg. Max longs for a suit - not just a workaday suit, but one for doing everything. One day, a mysterious parcel arrives.
The Journals The Journals of Sylvia Plath
ed. by Karen V. Kukil, these are the unabridged journals from 1950 to about 1960, taken from the manuscripts at Smith College
The 23 journals detail her adult life: student days at Smith College, her time at Cambridge University where she met and later married the poet Ted Hughes, the two years spent living in New England and life in Devon, including the birth of their children, before the marriage broke down in 1962.
Three Women
  • first published in England in 1962 as a mimeographed typescript by the BBC
  • London: Turret Books 1968
Winter Trees

Rare Editions

Ted Hughes published a number of Plath's poems in small editions, mainly in London.
A Day in June
An Uncollected Short Story.
  • Ely: Embers Handpress, 1981, 160 numbered copies, hand-printed on various Barcham-Green hand-made papers.
Among the Narcissi
Large illustrated broadside or poster poem. Graphics by Birtley Aris in three colors.
  • Ashington, Northumberland: MidNAG [Mid-Northumberland Arts Group], n.d., 16.5 x 23.5 inches, 300 copies
Reproduces the poet's holograph manuscript of the poem (heavily corrected) together with the typeset text and an unattributed biographical statement.
  • Exeter The Rougemont Press (1971). 325 copies.
Crystal gazer and other poems
  • London: Rainbow Press; ISBN: 0903378027, oop, First edition limited to 300 numbered copies [Tabor A9; total printing 400 copies].
With a drawing by Leonard Baskin.
  • Cambridge: Rainbow Press 1981, 140 copies (only 100 were offered for sale.)
The Green Rock.
  • Embers Handpress, Ely (1982), First edition, limited to 160 numbered copies, pp. 16. Printed on Barcham Green hand-made paper. Green cover paper hand-made in the Auvergne.
Lyonnesse: poems
  • London: Rainbow Press; ISBN: 0903378078, 33p. oop, Bound in quarter calf leather with paper covered boards, top edge gilt, gilt spine lettering. First edition, limited to 300 numbered copies [Tabor A13; total printing 400 copies].
The Magic Mirror
A Study of the Double in Two of Dostoevsky's Novels. An essay submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of Special Honors in English when the author was a student at Smith College.
  • Embers Handpress, Rhiwargor, Llanwddyn, Powys (1989)
Million Dollar Month
A single poem written while Plath was a student at Smith College.
  • Farnham: Spectre Press (1971), 150 numbered copies.
Pigeon Post
Small broadside of a previously unpublished poem by Plath. No copies were offered for sale.
  • London: Turret Bookshop, 1993;
Pursuit - see bigger picture Pursuit
Drawings by Leonard Baskin with an etching laid in as frontispiece.
  • London: Rainbow Press, 1972. First edition. Quarto. 100 numbered copies in full dark green morocco binding
Stings : Original Drafts of the Dreams of the Poem Facsimile Reproduced from the Sylvia Plath Collection at Smith College
With an Essay by Susan R. Van Dyne
  • Northampton: Alumnae Assn of Smith College; ISBN: 087391029X, Paperback (June 1983)
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Two Poems
'Incommunicado' and 'Firesong'
  • Knotting, Bedfordshire: The Sceptre Press (1980), 8 pages, stapled, total edition is 300.
Uncollected Poems.
Twelve poems. Sixteen pages. The author's holograph manuscript of one poem, Half-Moon, is reproduced on pink paper over the centre spread. Black and white cover drawing by the author, her own illustration to her poem Wuthering Heights.
  • London: Turret Books, (1965). 19p. Limited First Edition. total edition is 150.

Last Modified: 7 April 2003 Anja Beckmann