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PLATH MSS.

The Plath mss. collection, 1958–1961, consists primarily of poems by Sylvia Plath which are arranged in chronological order. The collection contains 94 items and was purchased from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher in 1961.

1958, June 24. [Hardcastle Crags (poem)]. T.D. 1p. 28cm.
Published in The Colossus... London: Heinemann, [l960], p. 16. Printer's copy with proof-reader's notes. Originally titled "Nocturne" changed to "Walk in the Night"; hanged to "Night Walk." Published as "Hardcastle Crags."

1960, June 27. The Hanging Man [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in Ariel... London: Faber and Faber, 1965, p.70.

1960, July. On Deck [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D.S. (carbon) and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XXXVIII (July 22, 1961), p.32 and Crossing the Water... London: Faber and Faber, 1971, p.55. Carbon draft has holograph revisions.

1960, July. Two Campers in Cloud Country (Rock Lake, Canada) [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D. (carbon) and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XXXIX (August 3, 1963), p.28 and Crossing the Water, p.50. Carbon draft has holograph changes.

1960, Sept. 25. Leaving Early [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in London Magazine, i (August 1961), p.5-10 and Crossing the Water, 1971, p.33.

1960, Oct. 16. Love Letter [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in Poetry, XCIX (March 1962), p.350 and Crossing the Water, p.44.

1960, Oct. 17. Candles [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in Listener, LXIV (November 17, 1960), p.877 and Crossing the Water, p.41.

1960, Nov. 18. A Life [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D. (carbon) and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Crossing the Water, p.53. Carbon draft has holograph revisions.

1961, Feb. 11. Parliament Hill Fields [poem]. T.D. 1p. 28cm.
Published in London Magazine, i (August 1961), p.5-10 and Crossing the Water, p.19.

1961, Feb. 14. Whitsun [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in London Magazine, i (August 1961), p.5-10 and Crossing the Water, p.60.

1961, Feb. 15. Face Lift [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D.S. and T.D. (carbon). 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Poetry, XCIX (March 1962), p.349 and Crossing the Water, p.17. Signed draft has holograph revisions. Typescript carbon of p.5 of story "The Kitchen of the Fig Tree" on verso.

1961, Feb. 19. Morning Song [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D. and T.D. (carbon). 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Ariel, p.11. On verso of typescript draft is typescript carbon of p.2 of the article "Watching the Water–voles."

1961, Feb. 21. Small Hours [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D. and T.D. (carbon). 1p. each. 14 and 28cm.
Published in London Magazine, i (August 1961), p.5-10 and Crossing the Water, 1971, p.46. Title changed from "Night Thoughts." verso of typescript fragment of The Bell Jar.

1961, Feb.22. Heavy Women [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D. and T.D. (carbon). 1p. each. 14 and 28cm.
Published in Poetry, XCIV (March 1962), p.350 and Crossing the Water, p.37. Type script originally titled "Waiting Women." Has numerous holograph changes and notes about fishing on verso. Removed from verso of typescript fragment of The Bell Jar.

1961, Feb. 25. Private Ground [poem]. 8 drafts. T.D.S. (6 drafts), T.D. (carbon), and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Critical Quarterly, III (Summer 1961), p.141 and Crossing the Water, p.36. Seven drafts have holograph revisions. Four drafts carry title "In Frost Time."

1961, Mar. 18. Tulips [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 2p. 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XXXVIII (April 7, 1962), p.40 and Ariel, p.20. Holograph addition at bottom.

1961, Mar.28. I Am Vertical [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D.S. and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Critical Quarterly, III (Summer 1961), p.140-141 and Crossing the Water, p.26. Holograph revisions on T.D.S.

1961, May 16. Widow [poem]. 3 drafts. A.D.S. 3p., T.D.S. 1p., and T.D. 1p. 28cm.
Published in Poetry XCIX (March 1962), p.347 and Crossing the Water , p.38. A.D.S. and T.D.S. have holograph revisions. Typescripts of Ted Hughes' "My Mother" and "My Father" from Meet My Folks! on versos.

1961, May. Insomniac [poem]. T.D. 1p. 28cm.
Published in The Guinness Book of Poetry 1960/1961, London: Putnam, 1962, p.33 and Crossing the Water, p.21.

1961, July. The Rival [poem]. 3 drafts. T.D.S., T.D., and T.D. (carbon). 2p. each. 28cm.
Published in Observer, January 21, 1962, p.31 and Ariel, p.53. One draft has holograph revisions. Typescripts of "Man in Black" and "Snakecharmer" on versos of T.D.S. "Man in Black" published in New Yorker, XXXVI (April 9, 1960), p.40 and The Colossus, p.52. "Snakecharmer" published in London Magazine, vi (March 1959), p.33-6 and The Colossus, p.54.

1961, Sept. 23. Blackberrying [poem]. 3 drafts. A.D.S. 2p., T.D.S. 1p., and T.D. (carbon) 1p. 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XXXVIII (September 15, 1962), p.48 and Crossing the Water, p.24. Two drafts have holograph revisions. Typescripts of "The Ghost's Leavetaking" and "I Want, I Want" on versos of A.D.S. "The Ghost's Leavetaking" published in Sewanee Review, LXVII (Summer 1959), p.446 and The Colossus, [1960], p.39. "I Want, I Want" published in Partisan Review, 26 (Fall 1959), p.558 and The Colossus, p.36. Typescript of "Suicide Off Egg Rock" on verso of T.D.S. Published in Hudson Review, XIII (Fall 1960), p.415 and The Colossus, p.33.

1961, Sept. 29. Finisterre [poem]. 8 drafts. A.D.S. (3 drafts – 1p.,1p., and 3p.), T.D.S. (3 drafts – 1p. each), A.&T.D.S. (2p.), T.D. (carbon - 1p.). 28cm.
Published in Observer, August 5, 1962, p.14 and Crossing the Water , p.15. Seven drafts have holograph revisions. On versos are typescripts of "Aftermath," "All the Dead Dears," "Point Shirley," "Lorelei," and "The Colossus." All were published in The Colossus, p.20–26, 29–31. Also on versos, two typescript pages of Ted Hughes' Meet My Folks!

1961, Sept. 29. The Surgeon at 2 A.M. [poem]. 5 drafts. A.D.S. (2 drafts - 1p. and 5p.), T.D.S. (3 drafts - 1p. each). 28cm.
Published in Listener, LXVIII (September 20, 1962), p.428 and Crossing the Water, p.48. Four drafts have holograph revisions. Typescripts of "Departure," "Hardcastle Crags," "The Eye-mote," "Two Views of a Cadaver Room," "Night Shift," and "The Manor Garden" on versos. "Departure" published in Nation, CLXXXVIII (March 7, 1959), p.212 and The Colossus, p.19. "The Eye-mote" published in Chelsea Review, VII (May 1960), p.71 and The Colossus, p.14. "Two Views of a Cadaver Room" published in Times Literary Supplement, 3010 (November 6, 1959), p.xxiii and The Colossus, p.10. "Night Shift" published in The Colossus, p.11. "The Manor Garden" published in Critical Quarterly, II (Summer 1960), p.155-7 and The Colossus, p.9. Typescript of Ted Hughes' "My Brother Bert" from Meet My Folks! on verso of one draft.

1961, Sept. Wuthering Heights [poem]. 6 drafts. A.D.S. 6p., T.D.S. (2 drafts – 1p. each), A.&T.D.S. (2 drafts – 3p. and 7p.), T.D. 1p. 28cm.
Published in New Statesman, LXIII (Mar. 16, 1962), p.390 and Crossing the Water, p.11. Five drafts have holograph revisions. Two drafts titled "Withins." Two p. of the 7p. draft are titled "The Bald Truth About: Grass at Wuthering Heights." On versos are typescripts of "The Surgeon at 2 A.M.," "A Life," "Faun," "Metaphors," "Morning Song," "Home Thoughts from London," "Maudlin," "Full Fathom Five," and the title and first pages of The Bed Book. "Faun" published in Poetry, LXXXIX (January 1957), p.234 and The Colossus, p.18. "Metaphors" published in Partisan Review, XXVII (Summer 1960), p.435 under the title "Metaphors for a Pregnant Woman" and in The Colossus, p.41. "Maudlin" published in The Colossus, p.48. "Full Fathom Five" published in Audience, vi (Spring 1955), p.34 and The Colossus, p.46. The Bed Book published London: Faber and Faber, 1976. Holograph drafts of "Queen Mary's Rose Garden" and "Withins" on versos.

1961, Oct. 21. Last Words [poem]. 5 drafts. A.D.S., T.D.S. (3 drafts), and T.D. (carbon). 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in New American Review, II, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971, p.232 and Crossing the Water, p.63. Holograph revisions on all but typescript carbon.

1961, Oct. 22. The Moon and the Yew Tree [poem]. 3 drafts. A.D.S. 4p., T.D.S. (2 drafts - 1p. each). 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XXXIX (August 3, 1963), p.28-29 and in Ariel, p.47.

1961, Oct. 23. [Mirror (poem)]. 4 drafts. A.D.S., T.D.S. (2 drafts), and T.D. (carbon). 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XXXIX (August 3, 1963), p.28-29 and Crystal Gazer...London, Rainbow Press, 1971, p.20. Originally titled "Mirror Talk." Three drafts have have holograph revisions.

1961, Oct. 29. The Babysitters [poem]. 7 drafts. A.D.S. (3 drafts -1p. each), A.& T.D.S. 3p., T.D.S. (2 drafts – 1p. each), T.D. (carbon – 1p.). 28cm.
Published in New Yorker, XLVII (March 6, 1971), p.36 and Crossing the Water, p.27. Six drafts have holograph revisions. One holograph draft has title change. Typescripts of 5p. of draft from The Bell Jar, London: Heinemann, 1963, on versos. Typescripts of "Whitsun," "Magi" and "Black Rock in Rainy Weather" on versos. Latter published in Antioch Review, XVII (January 1957), p.232 and The Colossus, p.42.

n.d. The Beggars [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in Chelsea Review, VII (May 1960), p.70 and Crystal Gazer, p.12. Has holograph revisions. Originally titled "The Beggars of Benidorm Market." Unidentified holograph draft on verso.

n.d. The Bell Jar [novel fragments]. 2 drafts. T.D.S (carbon). 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in The Bell Jar, London: Heinemann, 1963. Both drafts of p.136 of The Bell Jar. "Small Hours" and "Heavy Women" removed from versos.

n.d. The Fifteen Dollar Eagle [story]. 2 drafts. T.D. (carbon) and T.D. 20 and 21p. 28cm.
Published in Sewanee Review, LXVIII (Fall 1960), p.603. Holograph changes on typescript carbon.

n.d. In Plaster [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D.S. and T.D. 2p. each. 28cm.
Published in London Magazine, I (Fall 1962), p.15 and Crossing the Water, p.30. Signed draft has holograph revisions. Typescripts of "Private Ground" and Ted Hughes' "Squirrel in January" on versos.

n.d. Magi [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in New Statesman, LXI (March 31, 1961), p.514 and Crossing the Water, p.4O.

n.d. Sleep in the Mojave Desert [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in Observer, November 19, 1961, p.28 and Crossing the Water, p.47

n.d. Stars Over the Dordogne [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D.S. and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Poetry, XCIX (March 1962), p.346. Signed draft has holograph changes. Title changed from Stars at Lacan. Typescript of "The Companionable Ills" on verso. Published in Spectator, CCII (January 30, 1959), p.163 and The Colossus, p.63.

n.d. Stillborn [poem]. T.D.S. 1p. 28cm.
Published in New Statesman, 81 (March 19, 1971), p.384 and Crossing the Water, p.35. Titled changed from "A Book of Dead Poems." Holograph draft of an untitled poem on verso; first line: "The breath of my body steams up to me, I am warm."

n.d. Words for a Nursery [poem]. 2 drafts. T.D. (carbon) and T.D. 1p. each. 28cm.
Published in Atlantic, CCVIII (August 1961), p.66. Carbon draft has holograph revisions. Title changed from "Hand Song," to "Rhyme for a Nursery," to "Words for a \ Nursery."

n.d. You're [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in Harper's, CCXIII (June 1961), p.40 and Ariel, p.57.

n.d. Zoo Keeper's Wife [poem]. T.D. (carbon). 1p. 28cm.
Published in London Magazine, i (August 1961), p.5-10 and Crossing the Water, p.58.

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