To the best of my recollection, I've yet to read anything written by Sylvia Plath... However, I did come across an interesting article on Lit Hub titled, FROM WALLET TO TYPEWRITER, THE EFFECTS OF SYLVIA PLATH ARE NOW FOR SALE by Rebecca Rego Barry. In the article, Rebecca Rego Barry wrote:
On March 21, 300 lots of rare books, manuscripts, and memorabilia that once belonged to poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes will go to auction in London. Considering the celestial status of Plath, this sale promises to dazzle. It’s a very personal collection, deriving from their daughter, Frieda Hughes, who shares her concern in the auction catalog’s introduction that treasured pieces of family furniture or jewelry might be lost to history if she doesn’t ensure their future in some tangible way. An auction, she writes, will “enable others to take on the preservation and enjoyment” of these literary relics. “In identifying which items to sell, I realised that much of what I owned, redolent of my parents’ joint history, told a story; one item made sense of other items—the books and the pamphlets and the poems, signed by my mother or father, represented important aspects of their literary lives and were evidence of their powerful partnership.”I always find it interesting to see the belongings of famous people (especially authors) go up for auction and also learn price the items end up fetching at auction when all is said and done.
Oh I agree, I am alway curious at what items fetch but happy to see things preserved.ReplyDelete
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I don't know why but these auctions of objects belonging to authors kind of creep me out. I read The Bell Jar by Plath last year. It was so good! http://keepthewisdom.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-bell-jar.htmlReplyDelete
I think I'd only be creeped out if the items belonging to the authors were something truly weird, like bad taxidermy or something else equally bizarre.Delete