SMITH (STEVIE) Not Waving But Drowning, second impression, INSCRIBED TO SYLVIA PLATH BY TED HUGHES ("To Sylvia with all my love at Xmas 1960 to keep the draught from the candles. Ted."), Andre Deutsch, January 1958
Lot 337
SMITH (STEVIE)
Not Waving But Drowning, second impression, INSCRIBED TO SYLVIA PLATH BY TED HUGHES ("To Sylvia with all my love at Xmas 1960 to keep the draught from the candles. Ted."), Andre Deutsch, January 1958
Sold for £ 4,000 (US$ 5,299) inc. premium

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SMITH (STEVIE) Not Waving But Drowning, second impression, INSCRIBED TO SYLVIA PLATH BY TED HUGHES ("To Sylvia with all my love at Xmas 1960 to keep the draught from the candles. Ted."), Andre Deutsch, January 1958
SMITH (STEVIE)
Not Waving But Drowning, second impression, INSCRIBED TO SYLVIA PLATH BY TED HUGHES ("To Sylvia with all my love at Xmas 1960 to keep the draught from the candles. Ted."), illustrations by the author, publisher's boards, dust-jacket (a few small tears at top edge), 8vo, Andre Deutsch, January 1958

Footnotes

  • PLATH'S COPY OF NOT WAVING BUT DROWNING, warmly inscribed to her by Ted Hughes as a Christmas present, when they were staying at the Beacon in Heptonstall.

    Plath was a great admirer of Smith's poetry, sending her an admiring 'fan' letter on 19 November 1962 ("I better say straight out that I am an addict of your poetry, a desperate Smith addict..."), and asking "if you might be able to come to tea or coffee when I manage my move [to London after her split with Hughes] – to cheer me on a bit. I've wanted to meet you for a long time" (19 November 1962). Not Waving but Drowning was Smith's most celebrated collection, its publication reviving interest in her poetry and novels after a period of relative obscurity following a suicide attempt in 1953. Smith "was emotionally vulnerable, often depressed, yet also capable of much warmth and gaiety. Since her death she has increasingly been recognized as an important writer" (Janet Montefiore, ODNB).
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