PLATH (SYLVIA) Carbon typescript, with autograph revisions to one line, of her story "The Dark River", [1949]
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PLATH (SYLVIA)
Carbon typescript, with autograph revisions to one line, of her story "The Dark River", [1949]
Sold for £ 750 (US$ 985) inc. premium

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PLATH (SYLVIA)
Carbon typescript, with autograph revisions to one line, of her story "The Dark River", opening: "The woman who sat beside me on the park bench stared into the moving waters of the river flowing past the grassy bank. There was a dreaminess about her which fascinated me. Although her hair was white, there was a fluid youthfulness in her features and a strange, radiant light in her eyes...", 7 pages, in a folder marked "117-1-7", folio, [1949]

Footnotes

  • Luke Ferretter has written of this early short story: ʻThe second period of Plath's early fiction spans her last three years at high school, during which she was in Wilbury Crockett's English class. Seven stories dating from 1948, eight from 1949 and four from 1950 survive... These stories are most interesting for the ways in which they prefigure the concerns of Plath's mature work. As Linda Wagner-Martin writes: "The pervasive themes of Plath's fictional oeuvre appear here in miniature"... In this early story, Plath sets up a powerful symbol of an inexplicable break in relationship between the heroine and those around her' (Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study, 2010, p.3). For Plath's biographer, Linda Wagner-Martin, ʻWhat is perhaps most touching about the story is the fact that the woman – lonely and self-sufficient, as are most of Plath's female characters – sees in her young listener a sister of the spirit. Some sense of communion between women is introduced here, and grows intermittently through many of Plath's fictions' (Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life, 2003, p.9). Two typescript drafts, of 6 and 7 pages, are held at the Lilly Library (Plath MSS II, Box 8, folder 11); the present typescript derives from her mother's estate (Sotheby's, New York, 6 April 1982).
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