Here is the first book to bring long-overdue attention to Sylvia Plath's surprisingly accomplished visual art and to place that art in relation to her literary career. Plath trained as a studio artist before her sophomore year at Smith and her work in tempera and watercolor paintings, pastels, ink, crayon and pencil drawings, and other media reveals a talent that both complements and illuminates her genius as a writer.
Eye Rhymes brings together essays by six Plath scholars-including renowned authors Diane Middlebrook, Landgon Hammer and Christiana Britzolakis, book editors Kathleen Connors and Sally Bayley, and Fan Jinghua-and contextualizes approximately sixty of Plath's visual works within her writing oeuvre, starting with juvenilia that reveal the extensive play between her two disciplines. Special attention is given to Plath's unpublished teen diaries and book reports containing drawings and early textual experiments, created years before her famous "I am I" diary notes of age seventeen, when critical examination of her writing usually begins. The book offers new critical approaches to the artist's multidimensional output, including writing that appropriates sophisticated visual and color effects years after painting and drawing became her hobby and writing her chosen profession. The essays gathered here also relate Plath's visual art interests to her early identity as a writer in Cambridge, her teen artwork and writing on war, mid-career "art poems" on the works of de Chirico, her representations of womanhood within mid-century commercial culture, and her visual aesthetics in poetry.
Filled with stunning reproductions of her art and fresh readings of many of her most important poems, Eye Rhymes offers readers a new way of understanding the full range of Plath's creative expression.
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Kathleen Connors served as director and curator for "The Arts of Sylvia Plath" project at Indiana University in 2002, featuring a literary symposium, an exhibition of Plath's art and manuscripts and a 70th year birthday commemoration. With Sally Bayley of Oxford, she is co-director of the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium at Oxford in October 2007.
These images are fascinating resources for a biographer, or anyone interested in the development of Sylvia Plath's drive. Literary Review [A] superb illustrated work, which includes fresh perspectives on Plath's creative energy and a rich collection of paintings and drawings which have never been published before Oxford Times a lavish OUP volume. The Spectator A visual feast for the readers' senses. Mslexia
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Book Description Book Condition: New. This book brings to light a side of Sylvia Plath that is scarcely known: her serious involvement in the visual arts from a very early age. Through her early years she moved between art-making and writing constantly, integrating their elements with ease and pleasure. Until her junior year at Smith College, she considered both disciplines as offering equally promising choices. It was only at 20 that she decided to leave fine art behind her as her chosen career, and opt for the written word. Eye Rhymes presents a magnificent range of Plath's art, most of it seen in print for the first time: childhood sketches, illustrated diaries, portraits, rich modernist and expressionist paintings, fashion images, photographs, and more. The book offers a myriad of new insights into Plath's creative energy, revealing unexpected themes and ideas that first saw light in visual form, to be re-born later in her greatest poetry. Bookseller Inventory # 2597
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX019923387X
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11019923387X