NERUDA (PABLO) Poems by Pablo Neruda. Translated by W.S. Merwin. Produced by Douglas Cleverdon... Third Programme, SYLVIA PLATH'S COPY, INSCRIBED WITH HER NAME AND ADDRESS in black ink in the upper righthand corner of the title sheet, 20 December 1960
Lot 342
NERUDA (PABLO)
Poems by Pablo Neruda. Translated by W.S. Merwin. Produced by Douglas Cleverdon... Third Programme, SYLVIA PLATH'S COPY, INSCRIBED WITH HER NAME AND ADDRESS in black ink in the upper righthand corner of the title sheet, 20 December 1960
Sold for £ 2,125 (US$ 2,798) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
NERUDA (PABLO)
Poems by Pablo Neruda. Translated by W.S. Merwin. Produced by Douglas Cleverdon... Third Programme, SYLVIA PLATH'S COPY, INSCRIBED WITH HER NAME AND ADDRESS in black ink in the upper righthand corner of the title sheet, 16 typescript sheets (title, and 15 numbered pages of poems, printed recto only), one letter corrected in black ink on p.2, some spotting to first and last sheet, small black ink spot on first sheet, held by metal tab upper left (one loose), small folio (330 x 205mm.), 20 December 1960

Footnotes

  • "Sylvia Plath, Court Green, North Tawton, Devonshire" - written in Plath's hand on the first sheet. In early 1960 the poet W.S. Merwin and his wife Dido helped Plath and Ted Hughes to find the flat at 3 Chalcot Square, close to their own home overlooking Primrose Hill. At this point they became close friends, socialising frequently, and in the spring of 1961 allowing Sylvia the use of their study so that she could write what was to become The Bell Jar, before she and Ted moved to their new home in Devon in September. The transmission of Merwin's translations of Neruda's poems (all from his Residence on Earth, 1934-1945) was not aired on the Third Programme until 19 April, 1962, six months after which Plath wrote to Merwin in the aftermath of her split with Hughes that "you & Dido alone have turned your backs [on me] & evidently feel it is impossible to be friends...".
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