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Karen Kukil, associate curator for special collections at Smith, surveys 12 letters from Sylvia Plath '55 that were recently donated to the college. Photo by Isabella Casini '17.
Plath’s friend, Ruth Geissler, donated the letters to Smith’s Sylvia Plath collection in December 2015 including 12 pieces of correspondence from poet and novelist Sylvia Plath ’55 to Marion Freeman—the mother of a childhood friend of Plath’s from Winthrop, Mass.
Karen Kukil, associate curator for special collections at Smith, says the letters reveal a seldom-seen side of The Bell Jar author Plath, who committed suicide at age 30.