Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Plath mss. V, 1944–1945, consists of three items of early Sylvia Plath juvenilia: an autographed manuscript with drawings, entitled "Christmas Booklet", signed "Sylvia Plath" (with 9 illustrated leaves beginning with an illustrated wrapper decorated with paper cut outs of a candle and holly branches, an illustrated title page followed by a thank–you letter to "Aunt Frieda" dated December 26, 1944, a short story and two poems); an 11–page, pencil manuscript hand–made stapled booklet entitled "The Treasures of Sylvia Plath," with her notes on several book titles she apparently read while participating in a reading club including treasures or maxims from each work such as "The Silver Pencil," "The White Stag," and "Stand Fast and Reply" among others; and an illustrated, typescript poem in the form of a get–well card.

An inventory is available.

Also see the Guide to the Sylvia Plath Materials in the Lilly Library.

Acquired: 2009

Collection size: 3 items

Related manuscripts: Plath mss. X, Plath mss., Plath mss. II, Plath mss. III, Plath mss. IV, Plath mss. XI, Plath mss. VI, Plath mss. VII, Plath mss. VIII, Plath mss. IX

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.