PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas, SYLVIA PLATH'S "UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY" WITH HER OWN MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS, AND OWNERSHSIP INSCRIPTION , Heinemann, [1962]
Lot 359
PLATH (SYLVIA)
The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas, SYLVIA PLATH'S "UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY" WITH HER OWN MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS, AND OWNERSHSIP INSCRIPTION , Heinemann, [1962]
Sold for £ 75,000 (US$ 98,682) inc. premium

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PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas, SYLVIA PLATH'S "UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY" WITH HER OWN MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS, AND OWNERSHSIP INSCRIPTION , Heinemann, [1962] PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas, SYLVIA PLATH'S "UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY" WITH HER OWN MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS, AND OWNERSHSIP INSCRIPTION , Heinemann, [1962]
[PLATH (SYLVIA)]
The Bell Jar by Victoria Lucas, SYLVIA PLATH'S REVISED PROOF COPY, WITH HER AUTOGRAPH CORRECTIONS, AND INSCRIBED WITH HER NAME AND ADDRESS on the first page in black ink, corrections and revisions by Plath to approximately 70 pages in blue ink, publisher's wrappers, lettered "(Not for Sale) Uncorrected Proof Copy" on the upper cover, a few small marks and creases, 8vo, Heinemann, [1962]

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  • SYLVIA PLATH'S OWN PROOF COPY OF THE BELL JAR, WITH CORRECTIONS IN HER HAND, AND INSCRIBED "Sylvia Plath/Court Green/North Tawton/Devonshire" on the first page.

    Plath has made approximately seventy textual corrections and revisions to this copy, including spellings, the insertion of words, font style, punctuation, and in six instances alterations to words. In two places she has written "Greenwood" (the correct name of the novel's heroine Esther Greenwood) in the margin, to replace the mistakenly printed name "Miss Lucas", the pseudonym under which Plath published the novel. Elsewhere, she has for example changed "Plato" to "Socrates" (p.53), and "Prams" to "Carriages" (p.122). "This shows that Plath read her proofs of The Bell Jar very carefully and extends our understanding of her involvement in the creative process beyond the composition of the work itself" (Peter K. Steinberg, Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications, online resource, Indiana University). Plath has inscribed the book with the address of her Devon home, where she worked on the proofs prior to her final break with Ted Hughes, when she moved with the children to London.
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