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September 25, 2018
WFCR Local Features
WFCR Local Features
Daily life in the letters of Sylvia Plath
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The American writer Sylvia Plath drafted her novel The Bell Jar while a student at Smith College. The college houses more than 4000 pages of Plath's manuscripts and personal papers, and just a few weeks ago, the school received a bundle of new letters to add to its collection. They were written by Plath in the early 1960s and addressed to her friend Clarissa Roche. Karen Kukil is the curator of Plath's documents at Smith. She told WFCR's Jill Kaufman, Plath wrote these letters while in England, at the time she and her husband, the celebrated British poet Ted Hughes were separating, and just a few months before she killed herself at the age of 30.
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