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PLATH MSS. II

The Plath mss. II, 1932-1977, contain the correspondence, writings and memorabilia of Sylvia Plath and her family. The collection consists of 3,324 items and was purchased from Aurelia Schober Plath in 1977. The collection is arranged as follows:

BOXES 1-6a: Correspondence

  • 1: 1938-Apr. 1951
  • 2: May 1951-Sept. 1952
  • 3: Oct. 1952-June 1953
  • 4: July 1953-1954
  • 5: Jan. 1955
  • 6: 1956-May 1961
  • 6a: June 1961-1977; undated

BOX 7:Diaries and calendars, 1944-1957

BOXES 7a-9: Writings, ca.1940-1975


Boxes 1-6: Correspondence, 1938-1977.

  • 1,934 items, arranged chronologically. Among the correspondents present are: Cyrilly Abels, Phoebe Lou Adams, Newton Arvin, Silence Buck Bellows, Dorothy Schober Benotti, William A. Bodden, Elizabeth Bowen, Marie Leontine Graves Bullock, Alan Keith Campbell, Mary E. Campbell, Mary Ellen Chase, Gertrude Claytor, Edward M. Cohen, Elizabeth Compton, Wilbury A. Crockett, Bernice Brown Cronkhite, Jessica Daves, Winifred Davies, Hope Hale Davis, Robert Gorham Davis, Peter Davison, Elizabeth Drew, Esther Cloudman Dunn, Paul Edgar Elicker, Paul Hamilton Engle, Hilda A. Farrar, Alfred Young Fisher, Ruth Freeman Geissler, Natalie Gittelson, Cathy Goodall, Elizabeth Alden Green, Jean Heathcote, Frieda Plath Heinrichs, Richard Herpers, John P. Horder, Joyce Mary Horner, Michael Horovitz, Carol Hughes, Edith Farrar Hughes , Frieda Rebecca Hughes, Olwyn Hughes, Ted Hughes, Allan Attila Kassay, Alfred Kazin, James Gregory Keller, Julia Elisabeth Ahlgrimm Koffka, Gordon Ames Lameyer, Lynne Lawner, Marybeth little, Myron Lotz, Nancy Lynch, Russell Lynes, Florence Macdonald, Margot Macdonald, Roy MacGregor-Hastie, Julia Helen McGrew, Emilie Warren McLeod, Marie McPartland, Jane Bedell Mayberry, Mary E. Mensel, Joan Simpson Meyers, Charles Perry Norton, Mildred Norton, Richard Allen Norton, William Bunnell Norton, Robert Matheson O'Clair, Evelyn Page, Norman Holmes Pearson, Johan Plaat, Aurelia Schober Plath, Margaret Wetzel Plath, Sylvia Plath, Warren Joseph Plath, Olive Higgins Prouty, Henry Rago, Helen Whitcomb Randall, Ruby Altizer Roberts, Frances Reed Robinso Francis Millet Rogers, Richard L. Sassoon, Aurelia Greenwood Schober, Frank Schober, Frank Richard Schober, Ira Oscar Scott, Margarita G. Smith, Donald Bertram Snyder, Harold Strauss, John Ingalls Taylor, Alice Dickey Thompson, Herbert E. Thorson, Bryna Ivens Untermeyer, Helen Hennessy Vendler, Henry T. Volkening, Edward Augustus Weeks, Richard Wertz, Caroline Whiting, Barbara Witten, Warriner Woodruff, J. Melvin Woody, Alexa Wright, Benjamin Fletcher Wright, and Ray Charles Wunderlich.

Box 7: Diaries and calendars, 1944-1957.16 items, arranged chronologically

  • folder 1: Diaries, 1944; 1945 (including some clippings).
  • folder 2: Daily journal and special data kept while at Camp Helen Storrow, July 1-14, 1945; diary, 1946 (including some clippings).
  • folder 3: Journals, Dec. 24, 1946-July 28, 1947 (some loose items laid in); July 24, 1947-Mar.25, 1948.
  • folder 4: Diary, Aug.-Dec. 1949-Mar. 1951; record of summer dates, June 9-Aug. 2, 1949;calendar, 1951.
  • folder 5: Calendars, 1952; Jan.-Aug. 1953.
  • folder 6: Calendars, July 1954-June 1955 (includes addresses); June-Oct. 1955; Oct. 1956 (2); Sept. 1956-July 1957.

Boxes 7a-9: Writings, ca.1940-1975

  • Materials in this group are divided into poetry and prose, and the prose into fiction and non-fiction. All are by Sylvia Plath unless otherwise noted. The manuscript for Letters Home, edited by Aurelia Plath, completes the section.

Box 7a: Poetry, A-M (199 items)

  • folder 7: A
    • Admonition. 2 typescript drafts, 1 with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Adolescence. 2 typescript drafts, 1 with holograph changes. 1949.
    • Advice for an Artificer. 2 drafts, typescript and carbon. n.d.
    • All I Can Tell You Is about the Fog. 3 typescript drafts, 1 with holograph changes, 1 for English 220b(b) with instructor's comments. n.d.
    • Alone and Alone in the Woods Was I. Typescript with holograph changes. [ca. 1948] 2p.[See also Youth]
    • "Among the tall deep-rooted grasses" [first line]. Typescript. n.d.
    • Apology to Pan. Typescript carbon with holograph change in title from Apology to an April Satyr. n.d.
    • Apotheosis. 2 typescript drafts. 1957. [See also To a Jilted Lover]
    • Apparel for April. 3 typescript drafts, 1 with holograph changes; typescript carbon. n.d.
    • April. 2 typescript drafts. May 20, 1947.
    • April Aubade. Typescript. [ca. 1956] [See also Spring Sacrament]
    • April 18. Typescript. n.d.
    • Aquatic Nocturne. 3 typescript drafts, 1 with holograph changes; typescript carbon, 2 p. 1954.
    • august night. Typescript. 1954.
  • folder 8: B
    • A Ballad. Typescript. Used the pseudonym Sandra Peters. n.d.
    • Ballad Banale. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • [Bathtub Battle Scene]. Typescript with holograph changes. n.d. Signed. Carries title:
    • Battle-Scene from the Comic Operatic Fantasy The Seafarer.
    • Bereft. 3 typescript drafts and 1 carbon. 1947.
    • Bitter Strawberries]. Typescript carbon with holograph changes. Sept. 10, 1950 Carries title: Swords into Plowshares.
    • Black Pine Tree in an Orange light. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • "Blue shingled rooftops slippery with rain" [first line]. Typescript. [ca. 1947]
    • Bluebeard. Typescript. n.d.
    • The Bronze Boy. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with instructor's comments, 1 untitled. n.d.
  • folder 9: C
    • Candles. Typescript with holograph corrections and inscription from Plath to Olive Higgins Prouty. Dec. 1960.
    • Carnival. Typescript. June 21, 1948.
    • Carnival Nocturne. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Checkmate. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Chef d'Oeuvre. Typescript. n.d.
    • Child's Park Stones. Typescript with holograph changes. [ca. 1958]
    • Cinderella. 2 typescript drafts with holograph changes, 1 with instructor's comments; 1 typescript carbon. 1954.
    • Circus in Three Rings. 3 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • City Streets. Typescript and carbon. n.d.
    • City Wife. Typescript. n.d.
    • Class Song - 1950. Typescript. [1950]
    • Closet Drama. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Complaint. Typescript with holograph corrections. n.d.
    • The Complex Couch. 2 typescript drafts, 1 marked out. n.d.
    • Crime Doesn't Pay. Typescript. n.d.
    • Crossing the Equinox. 5 typescript drafts, 1 with instructor's comments. n.d. Some drafts carry the title: Sonnet: Crossing the Equinox.
  • folder 10: D
    • Danse Macabre. 2 typescript drafts, 1 marked out; 1 typescript carbon. n.d.
    • The Dark River. 2 typescript drafts. [ca. 1949]
    • The Dead. 5 typescript drafts: 2 with holograph changes, 1 for English 220b(b with instructor's comments; 1 typescript carbon. Apr. 11, 1952.
    • Denouement. Typescript with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Departure of the Ghost. Signed typescript with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Desert Song. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • The Desperate Hours. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Dialogue En Route. Typescript and carbon. n.d. Included are typescript comments about the poem by Plath.
    • Dialogue over a Ouija Board; A Verse Dialogue. Typescript and carbon with 1 holograph change. [ca. 1958] 11 p. and 11 p.
    • Dirge for a Joker. Typescript. n.d.
    • Dirge for Abigail. 2 typescript drafts. 1954. 1 draft carries title: Dirge for a Maiden Aunt.
    • Dirge in Three Parts. 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • The Dispossessed. 2 typescript carbons. n.d.
    • Doom of Exiles. Typescript with holograph changes and with the pseudonym Alison Arnold; 1 typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Doomsday. 3 typescript drafts and 3 carbons. Feb. 21, 1953. 1 of the typescript drafts and 1 of the carbons for English 347b.
    • The Dream. Typescript with holograph changes; 1 typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Dream with Clam Diggers. Typescript. n.d.
    • The Dying Witch Addresses Her Young Apprentice. Typescript. n.d.
  • folder 11: E-F
    • "The earth had wilted in the heat" [first line]. Typescript. May 20, 1947.
    • Earthbound. Typescript. 1948.
    • Elegy. Typescript carbon with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Elizabeth in April. 2 typescript drafts. 1950.
    • Enchantment. 1 holograph and 1 typescript draft. June 11, 1945. Holograph draft untitled.
    • Ennui. Typescript and carbon. n.d.
    • Ennui. Typescript carbon. n.d. [Not same poem as above.]
    • Epitaph for Fire and Flower. Typescript. n.d. 2 p.
    • Epitaph in Three Parts. Typescript with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Eve Describes Her Birthday Party. 2 typescript drafts, 1 marked out; 1 typescript carbon with holograph changes. n.d. [See also To the Boy Inscrutable as God]
    • Family Reunion. Typescript and carbon. 1950.
    • The Farewell. Typescript. 1948.
    • Female Author. Typescript. n.d.
    • Finality. Typescript. [ca. 1947].
    • Fire and Frost. Typescript. n.d.
    • Fireside Reveries. Typescript. n.d.
    • Fog. 4 typescript drafts: 1 with the pseudonym Sandra Peters. 1948.
    • Full Fathom Five. Typescript carbon. n.d. 2 p.
  • folder 12: G-I
    • Go Get the Goodly Squab. 2 typescript drafts and 2 carbons: 1 carbon with the pseudonym Sandra Peters. n.d.
    • gone is the river. Typescript. n.d.
    • The Grackles. 2 typescript drafts and 1 carbon. 1948.
    • Harlequin Love Song. 3 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph changes; 1 typescript carbon with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Have You Forgotten? Typescript carbon. 1948. ["P.N." in holograph under title; also holograph note "P.N. - Perry Norton - boyfriend."]
    • housewife. Typescript. n.d.
    • Humoresque. 2 typescript drafts. 1949.
    • humpty-dumpty. Typescript. n.d.
    • I Am an American. Typescript. n.d.
    • "I do what you wish, but without abandoning the desire" [first line]. Typescript. n.d.
    • I Have Found the Perfect World. Typescript. 1948.
    • "I put my fingers in my ears" [first line]. Typescript. 1949.
    • I Reach Out. Typescript. 1948.
    • I thought that I could not be hurt. 4 typescript drafts: 2 with holograph changes, 2 drafts untitled, 1 draft carries title: "May 30, 1947." May 30, 1947. [Included is note by Aurelia Plath giving background to the poem.]
    • Ice Age. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Ice Age. Typescript. n.d. [Not same poem as above.]
    • In Memoriam. Typescript. n.d.
    • In Passing. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with pseudonym Sandra Peters. 1949.
    • Incident. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Insolent Storm Strikes at the Skull. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Interlude. 2 typescript drafts: 1 carries title: "May." May, 1947.

Box 7

  • folder 12: G-I (continued)
    • The Invalid. 3 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph corrections, 1 with instructor's comments. 1950.
    • Item: Stolen, One Suitcase. Typescript. n.d.
  • folder 13: J-M
    • Jilted. 3 typescript drafts. 1952.
    • Joy. Typescript. Apr. 16, 1948. [Appended is typescript of The Ideal.]
    • Lament. Typescript. n.d. [See also Dirge]
    • Let the Rain Fall Gently. 3 typescript drafts: 2 with holograph changes. 1948.
    • Lonely Song. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with the pseudonym Sandra Peters. 1949.
    • Love Is a Parallax. Typescript carbon. n.d. 2 p.
    • Mad Girl's Love Song. 2 typescript drafts and 1 carbon. Feb. 21, 1953. [Carbon has typescript note.]
    • March 15 Muse. Typescript. n.d.
    • March 21. Typescript. n.d.
    • marcia. 2 typescript drafts. n.d. 3 p. and 4 p.
    • Metamorphoses of the Moon. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Midnight Snow. Typescript. 1950.
    • Mid-summer Mobile. Typescript and carbon. n.d. [Typescript titled: "Suspend This Day."]
    • The Mistake. Typescript carbon with holograph corrections. Mar. 4, 1948. 3 p.
    • Moonsong at Morning. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Morning in the Hospital Solarium. 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • Motherly Love. Typescript. 1940.
    • Mussel-Hunter at Rock Harbor. Typescript carbon. June, 1958. 2 p.

Box 8: Poetry, N-Z (151 items)

  • folder 1: N-O
    • Neither Moonlight Nor Starlight. Typescript. n.d.
    • Never Try to Know More Than You Should. 2 typescript carbons. n.d.
    • Never Try to Trick Me with a Kiss. Typescript with holograph changes and carbon. n.d.
    • neveryou. Typescript. n.d.
    • New England library. 2 typescript carbons. May, 1947.
    • New England Winter without Snow. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Night Walk. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Not Here. Typescript. n.d. [Appended is typescript of "Kitchen Interlude."]
    • Notes on Zarathustra's Prologue. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph change, 1 typescript
    • carbon with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Notes to a Neophyte. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Obsession. Typescript. 1948.
    • Ode on a Bitten Plum. 2 typescript drafts. 1949.
    • On Looking into the Eyes of a Demon Lover. Typescript carbon, holograph corrections. n.d.
    • On the Decline of Oracles. Typescript carbon. n.d. 2 p.
    • On the Difficulty of Conjuring Up a Dryad. Typescript. n.d. 2 p.
    • On the Futility of a Lexicon. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • On the Plethora of Dryads. Typescript. n.d. 2 p.
  • folder 2: P-R
    • P. N. Typescript. 1948.
    • Pagan Song. Typescript. n.d.
    • Paradox. 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • Parallax. Typescript. n.d.
    • Patience. Typescript. 1948.
    • Persecuted. Typescript and carbon. Apr. 17, 1948.
    • Perseus: The Triumph of Wit over Suffering. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Portrait. Typescript. 1948.
    • Portrait D'une Jeune Fille. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Prologue to Spring. Typescript with holograph change and 2 carbons. n.d.
    • Pursuit. Typescript. n.d. 2 p.
    • Question. Typescript. 1949.
    • Rain. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Recognition. Typescript. 1948.
    • Reflection. Typescript. 1948.
    • Reverie. Typescript and carbon. Nov. 1947. [Typescript originally titled:"Nostalgia."]
    • Riddle. 2 typescripts drafts. 1948.
    • rondeau. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph changes. n.d.
    • Rondeau Redoublé. 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
  • folder 3: S
    • The Scullion's Dream. 2 typescript drafts, 1 titled "Triolet Frivole." n.d.
    • Sea Symphony. Typescript carbon, for 3 English 7. n.d.
    • Second Winter. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Seek No More the Young. Typescript with holograph changes and carbon. Mar. 11, 1949. [Typescript titled "Latvian Threnody (or) Lament."]
    • The Sleepers. Typescript with holograph corrections. n.d.
    • "Slow, slow, the rhythm of the moon" [first line]. 2 typescript drafts. 1950.
    • Snakecharmer. 2 typescript drafts. [ca. 1958].
    • The Snowman on the Moor. Typescript. n.d. 2 p.
    • Solo. Typescript. n.d.
    • Song. Typescript. n.d. [See also Triolet Frivole]
    • Song for a Thaw. Typescript with holograph changes and carbon. n.d.
    • Song of a Superfluous Spring. Typescript, with the pseudonym Sandra Peters. n.d.
    • Song of Eve. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Song of the Daydreamer. 2 typescript drafts and 1 carbon. 1948.
    • Sonnet for a Green-eyed Sailor. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Sonnet: The Suitcases are Packed Again. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph changes. 1954. 1 draft titled: A Peripatetic Sonnet (by a Peripatetic Smith Girl).
    • Sonnet to a Shade. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Sonnet to Satan. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • A Sorcerer Bids Farewell to Seem. 2 typescript carbons: 1 with holograph change. n.d.
    • Sorrow. Typescript. 1947.
    • Spinning Song. Typescript with the pseudonym Sandra Peters. n.d.
    • Spring Again. Typescript with the holograph change and carbon. 1948.
    • Spring Sacrament. Typescript with holograph change and carbon. n.d. [See also April Aubade]
    • Spring Song to a Housewife. Typescript. n.d.
    • The Stoic. Typescript. n.d.
    • The Stranger. Typescript. 1947.
    • "The stream, from a subterranean" [first line]. Typescript. Nov. 1947.
    • Summer Street. Typescript. 1948.
  • folder 4: T
    • Temper of Time. 2 typescript drafts and 1 carbon with holograph change.
    • Terminal. Typescript. n.d.
    • Thy Kingdom Come. Typescript carbon. n.d. 3 p.
    • To a Dissembling Spring. 4 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph change, 1 with instructor's comments. [ca. 1953]
    • To a Jilted Lover. Typescript carbon. n.d. [See also Apotheosis]
    • To Ariadne; (Deserted by Theseus). Typescript carbon. June 10, 1949.
    • To Eva. 3 typescript drafts: 1 with instructor's comments. n.d.
    • To Eva Descending the Stair. Typescript and carbon. Feb. 20, 1953.
    • To the Boy Inscrutable as God. Typescript carbon with holograph notes. [See also Eve Describes Her Birthday Party]
    • To Time. Typescript with instructor's comments. n.d.
    • Torch Song. Typescript. n.d.
    • The Traveller. Typescript carbon with holograph change. Mar. 27, 1948.
    • The Trial of Man. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph change. n.d.
    • Triolet Frivole. Typescript. n.d. [See also Song]
    • Tulips at Dawn. Typescript with holograph correction. 1948. 2 p.
    • Twilight. 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • Two Lovers and a Beachcomber by the Real Sea. Typescript carbon. n.d.
  • folder 5: U-Z
    • Valentine; lines to a Rich Bachelor. Typescript. n.d.
    • Van Winkle's Village. 3 typescript drafts: 2 with holograph changes and 1 with holograph note; 1 typescript carbon. n.d.
    • Verbal Calisthenics. 3 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • Virus TV or (We Don't Have a Set Either). 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • Voices. 3 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph changes, 1 untitled. n.d.
    • Wallflower. Typescript and carbon. [ca. 1949]
    • Wayfaring at the Whitney; A Study in Sculptural Dimensions. Typescript carbon with holograph changes. n.d. 2 p.
    • Wellfleet Beach Plums. Typescript. n.d.
    • When the Stars Are Pale and Cool. Typescript. n.d.
    • White Girl between Yellow Curtains. Typescript carbon. n.d.
    • White Phlox. 2 typescript drafts. n.d.
    • Wild Geese. 2 typescript drafts, 1 titled "Song of the Wild Geese." 1948.
    • A Winter Sunset. Typescript and carbon with illustration. Jan. 16, 1946. [On verso of carbon is note from Plath to her grandfather.]
    • Winter Words. 2 typescript drafts: 1 with holograph changes; 1 carbon with holograph changes. n.d. 1 p., 2 p., 2 p.
    • Words of Advice to an English Prof. Typescript. n.d.
    • Wreath for a Bridal. Typescript. n.d.
    • Yadwigha, on a Red Couch, Among lilies; A Sestina for the Douanier. Typescript carbon. [ca. 1958]
    • Youth. Typescript carbon. Oct. 1947. 2 p. [See also Alone and Alone in the Woods Was I.]
    • Youth's Appeal for Peace. Typescript carbon. Mar. 27, 1948. 3 p.
    • Zeitgeist at the Zoo. Typescript. [ca. 1956]
  • folder 6: Sylvia's Scrapbook
    • A typescript collection of early poems, many of them illustrated with cut-pictures. The contents are as follows:
    • The Scarlet Beacon. 1946.
    • April. May 1947.
    • Enchantment. 1945.
    • April Blossoms. 1943.
    • In the Corner of My Garden. 1944.
    • A Golden Afternoon. 1946.
    • Dreams. 1945.
    • A Wish Upon a Star. 1944.
    • A Winter Sunset. 1946.
    • Silver Thread. 1946.
    • "I thought that I could not be hurt" [first line]. May 30, 1947.
    • Fireside Reveries. 1947.
    • "The earth had wilted in the heat" [first line]. May 1947.
    • In Memoriam. Oct. 1946.
    • Steely-Blue Crags. May 1947.
    • "Why must the slim spring rains fall now" [first line]. n.d.
    • New England library. May 1947.
    • Sea Symphony. 1946.
    • Autumn Portrait. n.d. Prose poem.
    • The Snowflake Star. 1944.
    • May. May 1947.
    • October. Oct. 1946.
    • Camp Helen Storrow. 1945.
    • Mornings of Mist. 1946.
    • The Fairy Scarf. 1945.
    • March. 1945.
    • Pearls of Dew (Chant). 1940.
  • folder 7: Circus in Three Rings
    • Typescript. 47 p. With the pseudonym Marcia Moore. Submitted to Borestone
    • Poetry Awards for Book-length class 3. Contents:
    • [i] To My Favorite Maestro Alfred Young Fisher
    • [ii] Acknowledgments
    • [iii] Contents
    • I. "Green as a melon our sweet world was"
    • 2. Song of Eve. 1 p.
    • 3. Wayfaring at the Whitney: A Study in Sculptural Dimensions. 2 p.
    • 5. Black Pine Tree in an Orange light. 1 p.
    • 6. "Go Get the Goodly Squab". 1 p.
    • 7. Winter Words. 2 p.
    • 9. Prologue to Spring. 1 p.
    • 10. Apparel for April. 1 p.
    • 11. April Aubade. 1 p. [See also Spring Sacrament]
    • II. "My extravagant heart blows up again"
    • 13. Circus in Three Rings. 1 p.
    • 14. On Looking into the Eyes of a Demon Lover. 1 p.
    • 15. The Dream. 1 p.
    • 16. Trio of Love Songs. 2 p.
    • 18. Love is a Parallax. 3 p.
    • 21. Moonsong at Morning. 2 p.
    • 23. Rondeau Redoublé. 1 p.
    • 24. Second Winter. 1 p.
    • 25. Apotheosis. 1 p. [See also To a Jilted Lover]
    • 26. Mad Girl's Love Song. 1 p.
    • 27. Desert Song. 1 p.
    • III. "Circling zodiac compels the year"
    • 29. To Eva Descending the Stair. 1 p.
    • 30. Metamorphoses of the Moon. 2 p.
    • 32. The Princess and Goblins. 3 p.
    • 35. Two Lovers and a Beachcomber by the Real Sea. 1 p.
    • 36. Temper of Time. 1 p.
    • 37. Epitaph in Three Parts. 2 p.
    • 39. Ice Age. 2 p.
    • 41. Elegy. 1 p.
    • 42. Lament. 1 p. [See also Dirge]
    • 43. Danse Macabre. 1 p.
    • 44. Doomsday. 1 p.
  • folder 8: The Colossus; and other poems
    • Typescript. 91 p. Submitted to the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Included is rejection letter. Contents:
    • The Manor Garden. 1 p.
    • Two Views of a Cadaver Room. 1 p.
    • Night Shift. 1 p.
    • Sow. 2 p.
    • The Eye-Mote. 2 p.
    • Hardcastle Crags. 2 p.
    • Faun. 1 p. [See also Metamorphosis]
    • Departure. 1 p.
    • The Colossus. 2 p.
    • Lorelei. 2 p.
    • Point Shirley. 2 p.
    • Owl. 1 p.
    • All the Dead Dears. 2 p.
    • The Bull of Bendylaw. 1 p.
    • Aftermath. 1p.
    • The Thin People. 3 p.
    • Suicide Off Egg Rock. 1 p.
    • Mushrooms. 2 p.
    • I Want, I Want. 1 p.
    • The Beggars. 1 p.
    • Watercolors of Grantchester Meadows. 2 p.
    • The Ghost's Leavetaking. 2 p.
    • Metaphors. 1 p.
    • Black Rook in Rainy Weather. 2 p.
    • A Winter Ship. 2 p.
    • Full Fathom Five. 2 p.
    • Maudlin. 1 p.
    • Blue Moles. 2 p.
    • Strumpet Song. 1 p.
    • Ouija. 2 p.
    • Man in Black. 1 p.
    • Snakecharmer. 2 p.
    • The Hermit at Outermost House. 1 p.
    • The Disquieting Muses. 3 p.
    • Medallion. 2 p.
    • Two Sisters of Persephone. 2 p.
    • The Companionable Ills. 1 p.
    • Moonrise. 1 p.
    • Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats. 2 p.
    • Frog Autumn. 1 p.
    • Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor. 4 p.
    • The Beekeeper's Daughter. 1 p.
    • The Times Are Tidy. 1 p.
    • Spinster. 2 p.
    • The Burnt-out Spa. 2 p.
    • Sculptor. 1 p.
    • Poem for a Birthday
    • 1. Who. 2 p.
    • 2. Dark House. 2 p.
    • 3. Maenad. 2 p.
    • 4. The Beast. 1 p.
    • 5. Flute Notes from A Reedy Pond. 1 p.
    • 6. Witch Burning. 1 p.
    • 7. The Stones. 2 p.
  • folder 9: Poetry by Ted Hughes. 3 items.
    • "Many a weary weary day" [first line]. Holograph. n.d.
    • Pike. Typescript carbon. [ca. 1958]
    • Thistles. Typescript with holograph notes. n.d.

Prose - fiction (75 items)

  • folder 10: A-B
    • Above the Oxbow. Typescript with holograph changes and corrections. [ca. 1958] 10 p.
    • Among the Bumblebees. Typescript. n.d. 11 p.
    • Among the Shadow Throngs. Typescript with holograph corrections. 1949. 6 p.
    • The Attic View. Typescript. Feb. 21, 1948. 8 p.
    • Brief Encounter. Typescript carbon with holograph corrections. n.d. 11 p. [See also
    • Though Dynasties Pass]
    • The Brink. 2 typescripts and carbon. 1948. 5 p. each.
  • folder 11: C-D
    • Change-About in Mrs. Cherry's Kitchen. Typescript. n.d. 11 p.
    • The Christmas Heart. Typescript. [1955] 19 p. [Includes rejection note from Woman's
    • Day.]
    • Coincidentally Yours. Typescript. n.d. 2 p. [Story notes.]
    • The Dark River. 2 typescript drafts. 1949. 6 p., 7 p.
    • A Day in June. Typescript with holograph corrections. n.d. 5 p.
    • The Day Mr. Prescott Died. Typescript and carbon with holograph corrections. 11 p., 14 p. [early 1955]
    • Den of lions. Typescript. n.d. 9 p. [On verso of last page is ink and colored pencil drawing of a house. Accompanied by a note from Mary to Sylvia.]
    • Dialogue. Typescript with instructor's comments for English 347a. Jan. 19, 1953. 17 p. Untitled typescript draft with holograph corrections. n.d. 15 p.
  • folder 12: E-H
    • East Wind. Typescript. 1949. 6 p.
    • The English Bike. Typescript with holograph corrections. n.d. 5 p. Incomplete typescript draft. n.d. 1 p.
    • The Estonian. [See The Latvian]
    • First Date. Typescript carbon. 1950. 4 p.
    • From the Memoirs of a Baby Sitter. Typescript for 3 English 7. Dec. 2, 1946. 4 p.
    • Gramercy Park. 2 typescript carbons. 7 p., 6 p. [One draft has picture of park at beginning.]
    • The Green Rock. Typescript carbon with holograph correction. Winter, 1949. 11 p.
    • Heat. Typescript with holograph corrections. 1948. 4 p.
    • Home Is Where the Heart Is. Typescript with holograph changes. [late 1954?] 9 p. [On versos of each page are typescript drafts of poems, some marked out, some with holograph changes: "Ennui," "Bluebeard," "Terminal" (2 drafts), "To the Boy as God," "Eve Describes her Birthday Party," "March 15 Muse," "Van Winkle's Village," and "The Complex Couch."]
  • folder 13: I lied for Love. Typescript. n.d. 51 p. [early 1953?]
  • folder 14: I-M
    • In This Field We Wander Through. Typescript. 1948. 12 p.
    • Initiation. Typescript carbon. July, 1952. 17 p.
    • The Island; a radio play by Mary Ventura and Sylvia Plath. Typescript with holograph corrections. 1949. 7 p.
    • The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit (Max Nix and the Mustard Suit). Typescript carbon with holograph changes. n.d. 13 p.
    • The Latvian. 2 typescript drafts with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. Oct. 30, 1951, 9 p., for English 220a [titled The Estonian] and Feb. 29, 1952, 8 p., for English 220b(b).
    • Marie. Typescript with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. May 4, 1952. 6 p. For English 220b(b).
    • Mary Jane's Passport. Typescript and carbon of p. 1 and 2, typescript with holograph corrections of p. 3 and 4. 1946. [Some overlapping of p. 2 and 3.]
  • folder 15: M-O
    • Mary Ventura. Typescript with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. Dec. 14, 1951. 14 p. [For English 220a(b). With critical analysis of the story.]
    • Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom. 3 versions. Typescript with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. Dec. 12, 1952. 19 p. For English 347a. Typescript and carbon. [1954?] 6 p. With introduction titled "Teen-agers Can Shape the Future." Typescript with holograph changes. n.d. 12 p. With draft of introduction.
    • A May Morning. Typescript. May 23, 1946. 2 p.
    • A Morning in the Agora. Typescript carbon. Nov. 30, 1946. 3 p.
    • The Mummy's Tomb. Typescript. May 17, 1946. 3 p.
    • The New Day. Typescript carbon. June 1952. 14 p.
    • The New Girl. Typescript with holograph corrections. 1950. 6 p.
  • folder 16: P-Sl
    • The Perfect Set-Up. Typescript with holograph corrections and instructor's comments, and carbon. Sept. 1951. 13 p., 14 p. [Typescript for English 220a]
    • Place: A bedroom, Saturday night, in June. Typescript with holograph changes. 1949. 10 p.
    • Platinum Summer. Typescript with holograph changes. [1953] 19 p.
    • Room in the World. Typescript with instructor's comments. Mar. 7, 1948. 6 p. [A play]
    • Sarah. Typescript carbon with holograph corrections. Mar. 7, 1948. 6 p.
    • The Shadow. Typescript carbon with holograph changes. [ca. 1959] 14 p.
  • folder 17: Sm-Sum
    • The Smoky Blue Piano. Typescript with holograph changes. [1955] 13 p. Incomplete typescript. 1 p.
    • Stardust. Typescript. June 22, 1946. 26 p.
    • Stone Boy with Dolphin. Typescript carbon with some holograph corrections. [ca. 1958] 37 p.
    • Suburban Nocturne. 2 typescript drafts, 1 with holograph corrections. Nov. 15, 1951. 6 p. For English 220a(b). 1952. 8 p.
  • folder 18: Sun-Tn
    • Sunday at the Minton's. Typescript draft with numerous holograph changes. Holograph notes on verso of p. 1. Spring, 1952. 15 p. Typescript carbon with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. n.d. 16 p. For English 220b(b)
    • Superman and Paula Brown's New Snowsuit. Typescript with holograph corrections. [1955] 10 p.
    • Sweetie Pie and the Gutter Men. Typescript carbon with holograph changes. [ca. 1958] 17 p.
    • That Widow Mangada. Typescript. [ca. 1956] 24 p.
    • Though Dynasties Pass. Typescript with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. Mar. 14, 1952 . For English 220b(b). [See also Brief Encounter]
  • folder 19: To-Z
    • Tomorrow Begins Today. Typescript with holograph corrections. [Jan. 1955] 5 p. [On verso of p. 1 and 2 are 2 marked out typescript drafts with holograph changes of the poem "Bluebeard."]
    • Tongues of Stone. Typescript carbon with holograph corrections. 1 p. Sent to Mademoiselle Fiction Contest, Jan. 30, 1955.
    • Victory. Typescript with holograph corrections and instructor's comments. Nov. 15, 1946. 2 p. For 3 English 7.
    • The Visitor. Typescript with instructor's comments. [1948?] 17 p. For English 21. Typescript carbon with some holograph corrections. Mar. 27, 1948. 7 p. For 21.
    • Watch My line. Typescript and carbon. n.d. 2 p.
    • Wie Ich Einmal Mein Kleinen Bruder Neckte. Typescript carbon. n.d. 1 p.

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