PLATH (SYLVIA) Typescript draft, with autograph revisions, of her story "The Green Rock", and typescript of "Gramercy Park", with occasional annotations, 1948-9

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Lot 167*
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Typescript draft, with autograph revisions, of her story "The Green Rock", and typescript of "Gramercy Park", with occasional annotations, 1948-9

Sold for £ 875 (US$ 1,086) inc. premium
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Typescript draft, with autograph revisions, of her story "The Green Rock", opening: "The yellow bus rattled and bounced over the cobbled streets, and the suitcase banged against David's legs..."; with deletions and revisions in pencil and ink, plus three editorial interventions or suggestions in red crayon ("I am not sure about this usage" written against "the drugged quiet of the summer"); dated at head "1949", with [?] Aurelia Plath's note "Atlantic Monthly Award 1950"; in a folder marked "110a-110k", 11 numbered pages folio; plus an unrevised carbon of the same, the folder marked "112-1-11"; and a typescript of her story "Gramercy Park", opening: "Spring is always a rather difficult time for an old lady like me because it's a kind of opposite mood..."; containing occasional autograph revisions or corrections in pencil and ink, as well as editorial queries and interventions in red crayon; name typed at head and dated in pencil "1948"; in a folder marked "111-1-6", 6 pages, folio, 1948-9

Footnotes

  • WORKING DRAFT OF A STORY PUBLISHED IN JOHNNY PANIC: ʻGramercy Park' was one of the fifty or so early stories that came to light, having been acquired by the Lilly Library from Aurelia Plath, just as Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: and Other Prose Writings was going to press in 1977, and was one of the stories chosen by Ted Hughes for inclusion in the second edition issued two years later (although it not included in the American edition). Typescripts of both stories are held by the Lilly Library, Plath MSS II. A limited edition of Gramercy Park was issued by the Embers Handpress, Ely, in 1982.
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