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November 2017, Issue 459 Elaine Showalter on Sylvia Plath's letters * John Gray on Joseph Conrad * Charles Darwent on Alexander Calder * Piers Brendon on a global history of the present * Rachel Cohen on the women of Surrealism * Levi Roach on the Christian destruction of Antiquity * Sarah Fraser on Caroline of Ansbach * Sarah Bradford on Queen Victoria's matchmaking * Donald Rayfield on Stalin * Kevin Jackson on Alice Goodman * Sara Wheeler on Moritz Thomsen * Adrian Barnett on primates among us * John Naughton on big tech in our lives * Tim Richardson on Pepys and Evelyn * Joanna Kavenna on Han Kang * Adam Roberts on Nick Harkaway * Michael Alexander on Laurence Binyon *  and much, much more…

Elaine Showalter

The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume I, 1940–1956

By Peter K Steinberg & Karen V Kukil (edd)

Although Sylvia Plath is admired by many literary scholars and even adored by some passionate readers, critics have not been unanimous in their assessment of her art. Irving Howe declared in 1972 that she was merely a flash in the feminist pan who would soon be ‘regarded as an interesting minor poet’, lucky to be remembered for a few poems buried in anthologies. That cooling off certainly hasn’t happened. Indeed, some fifty-four years after her suicide at the age of thirty... read more

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