Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lameyer mss., 1953-1956, consist of letters and cards from Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, poet, to Gordon Ames Lameyer, 1930-1991. The letters begin in July 1953 shortly after Plath and Lameyer met and before her attempted suicide and they conclude in March 1956 just at the end of Plath's first year as a Fullbright scholar at Cambridge University, England. Two poems by Plath are included in the letters: "Dirge in Three Parts" on page 4 of the letter of Feb. 6, 1954 and "Sonnet for a Green-eyed Sailor" in the Apr. 1955 letter. A couple of the letters are illustrated with color drawings by her, while a few others have enclosures, including photographs.

Also present is an unpublished manuscript by Gordon Lameyer titled DEAR SYLVIA which reproduces both Plath's letters to Lameyer and his to her for those years. Included are copies of photographs as well as his commentary about both the letters and about their relationship. A group of twenty-one color slides and twenty, mostly color, photographs, chiefly of Sylvia, complete the collection.

Collection size: 98 items

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