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Volume 2 of "The Letters of Sylvia Plath" Published November 6, 2018

Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Susan Adler

Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Susan Adler, 2012, Poetry Center, Smith College

The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol. 2: 1956-1963 was published in London on September 6, 2018 by Faber & Faber and is now available in the United States on

Karen Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections at Smith College, is co-editor of both Volume 1 (1940-1956) and Volume 2 (1956-1963) of Plath’s Letters, along with Plath scholar and biographer Peter K. Steinberg.

Kukil recently traveled to London to give a talk “Triple-Threat Woman: The Letters of Sylvia Plath” on Tuesday, October 23. You can learn more about the talk here; and read Ms. Kukil’s blog post about Volume 2 on the Faber & Faber website.

Book Reviews

Sylvia Plath narrates her self-destruction,” Washington Post, October 30, 2018

Sylvia Plath’s last letters,” The New Yorker, November 5, 2018

New Books,” Harper’s Magazine, November 6, 2018

In New Volume of Sylvia Plath’s Letters, a Marriage Falters and Masks Fall Away,” The New York Times, October 23, 2018

Sylvia Plath’s Last Letters Paint Visceral Portrait of Her Marriage, Final Years,”, October 31, 2018

"Sylvia Plath’s Last Letters Show Her Struggling to Imagine Life Without Ted Hughes," The New York Times, November 8, 2018


Karen V. Kukil