Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) – Selected Poems and Bibliography

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Selected Poems and Bibliography


Sylvia Plath Reads ‘Daddy’


Sylvia Plath Reads ‘Lady Lazarus’


Sylvia Plath Reads ‘Ariel’


Sylvia Plath reads ‘November Graveyard’

November Graveyard

The scene stands stubborn: skinflint trees
Hoard last year’s leaves, won’t mourn, wear sackcloth, or turn
To elegiac dryads, and dour grass
Guards the hard-hearted emerald of its grassiness
However the grandiloquent mind may scorn
Such poverty. No dead men’s cries

Flower forget-me-nots between the stones
Paving this grave ground. Here’s honest rot
To unpick the heart, pare bone
Free of the fictive vein. When one stark skeleton
Bulks real, all saint’s tongues fall quiet:
Flies watch no reserrections in the sun.

At the essential landscape stare, stare
Till your eyes foist a vision dazzling on the wind:
Whatever lost ghosts flare
Damned, howling in their shrouds across the moor
Rave on the leash of the starving mind
Which peoples the bare room, the blank, untenanted air.


Sylvia Plath reads ‘The Stones’


Sylvia Plath Reads ‘Fever 103’


Sylvia Plath reads ‘The Applicant’


Sylvia Plath Reads ‘On the Difficulty of Conjuring Up a Dryad’



Poetry collections

The Colossus and Other Poems (1960)

Ariel (1961–1965)

Three Women: A Monologue for Three Voices (1968)

Crossing the Water (1971)

Winter Trees (1971)

The Collected Poems (1981)

Selected Poems (1985)

Plath: Poems (1998)

Sylvia Plath Reads, Harper Audio (2000) (Audio)

Collected prose and novels

The Bell Jar: A novel (1963), under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas”

Letters Home: Correspondence 1950–1963 (1975)

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose, and Diary Excerpts (1977)

The Journals of Sylvia Plath (1982)

The Magic Mirror (published 1989), Plath’s Smith College senior thesis

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, edited by Karen V. Kukil (2000)

Children’s books

The Bed Book (1976)

The It-Doesn’t-Matter-Suit (1996)

Collected Children’s Stories (UK, 2001)

Mrs. Cherry’s Kitchen (2001)


Alexander, Paul. (1991). Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath. Da Capo Press.

Alvarez, Al (2007) Risky Business. Bloomsbury.

Axelrod, Steven Gould. (1992). Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words. Johns Hopkins University.

Becker, Jillian. (2003). Giving Up: The Last Days of Sylvia Plath, A memoir. New York: St Martins Press.

Brain, Tracy. (2010) The Other Sylvia Plath. Essex: Longman, 2001

Brain, Tracy Dangerous Confessions: The Problem of Reading Sylvia Plath Biographically.”

Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays. Ed. Jo Gill.

Butscher, Edward. (2003). Sylvia Plath: Method & Madness (A Biography).

Hayman, Ronald. (1991). The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath. Carol Publishing.

Helle, Anita (Ed). (2007). The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Hemphill, Stephanie. (2007). Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath.

Kyle, Barry. (1976). Sylvia Plath: A Dramatic Portrait Conceived and Adapted from Her Writings. Faber and Faber.

Kirk, Connie Ann. (2004). Sylvia Plath: A Biography. Greenwood Press.

Malcolm, Janet. (1995). The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Vintage.

Middlebrook, Diane. (2003). Her Husband: Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath, a Marriage. Viking Adult.

Steinberg, Peter. (2004). Sylvia Plath. Chelsea House.

Plath Helle, Anita. (2007). The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Stevenson, Anne. (1989). Bitter Fame. A Life of Sylvia Plath. Houghton Mifflin.

Wagner, Erica. (2002). Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters. W.W. Norton.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. (2003). Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life. Palgrave Macmillan.

Wagner-Martin, Linda (Ed). (1988). Sylvia Plath (Critical Heritage). Routledge.


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  1. She has such an amazing voice for reading aloud poetry doesn’t she? Wonderfully haunting, I get goosebumps every time.


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