PLATH (SYLVIA) The Bell Jar, ANNOTATED BY TED HUGHES, with page numbers and notes on the inner front and rear covers, corresponding with underlined passages in the text body, Toronto, New York [etc], Bantam, March 1986

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Lot 403
PLATH (SYLVIA)
The Bell Jar, ANNOTATED BY TED HUGHES, with page numbers and notes on the inner front and rear covers, corresponding with underlined passages in the text body, Toronto, New York [etc], Bantam, March 1986

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,657) inc. premium
The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA)
The Bell Jar, ANNOTATED BY TED HUGHES, with page numbers and notes on the inner front and rear covers, corresponding with underlined passages in the text body, annotations in blue biro, text block loose and split, publisher's wrappers, 8vo, Toronto, New York [etc], Bantam, March 1986

Footnotes

  • THE BELL JAR, WITH PASSAGES MARKED UP BY TED HUGHES, who has indexed some thirty sections on the endpapers with a few words of synopsis or a comment. This edition, a cheap paperback, was published in March 1986, the same month in which Hughes was in Boston "walking familiar streets... flooded by memory. He and Sylvia had lived there some thirty years before" (Jonathan Bate, Ted Hughes, 2015, p.2). He was there to give a deposition in advance of the libel suit brought by Jane Anderson, who had contended that she was the basis for the character "Joan Gilling" in The Bell Jar, particularly in the film version.

    From the notes it is clear that Hughes has made a close rereading of the text, underlining passages from p.4 (also here writing "Double" in the margin) to p.193 in the text. Examples of text on the endpapers include "P.60 - Happy up to 9/P.62 - inadequate - era of Prizes etc coming to an end/P.65 Like the idea of seducing intepretor", and "167. Beaming double - follow & torment/177 - Esther begins to escape"", and "If Esther G's opinions true S... Shakepeare was a murderer, Dostoevsky too".
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