The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath (British Library - British Library Sound Archive)

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9780712351027: The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath (British Library - British Library Sound Archive)

Sylvia Plath is widely regarded as one of the most influential American authors of the twentieth century. Her frank, confessional style of writing, combined with her marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes and her tragic suicide at age thirty have created an enduring literacy legacy and public fascination.

      This CD brings together BBC recordings from the British Library Sound Archive and features Plath reading many of her poems, such as “Leaving Early,” “Candles,” “Tulips,” “The Surgeon at 2 a.m.,” and “Berck-Plage.” In addition, the disc presents Plath discussing poetic craft and her move to Britain, as well as a significantly revealing interview with Plath and Hughes, in which they talk about their famous marriage and what it means to live with your muse.

      Many of these recordings are available here for the first time, and together they will be a must-have for fans of Plath and twentieth-century poetry.

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"The bountiful Spoken Word series of compact discs, published by the British Library in conjunction with the BBC, continues with Sylvia Plath. It contains a variety of material, including readings from Plath's brief professional life and a radio review of Donald Hall's Contemporary American Poetry (1962).  . . . Of greatest interest, however, is a twenty-minute interview, conducted by the BBC's Owen Leeming, with Plath and Ted Hughes togehter." (Times Literary Supplement)

“A new CD from the British Library bringing all of her surviving BBC broadcasts together for the first time has been hailed by scholars of the American feminist icon, who gassed herself at the age of 30, for unmasking the real person behind the tragic myth which has developed since her suicide in 1963.”—Independent

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“Astonishingly rare recordings."—P. Viktor

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"The Spoken Word offers a strongly renewed appreciation for Plath's poetic brilliance--and her demons. . . . This CD preserves Sylvia Plath's strong voice as it was, even as it cannot admit dialogue beyond what took place nearly half a century ago."--Rain Taxi (James Naiden Rain Taxi)

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