This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Sylvia Plath, one of the most beloved, discussed and controversial authors of the past century. Her work and (some say, to a greater extent) her relationship with former poet laureate Ted Hughes, captured the imagination of many. In the coming weeks, a major biography detailing Plath’s life up to when she met Hughes will be published,
as well as a new edition of her only novel, The Bell Jar. (It’s out already. More information HERE.)
I have decided to host a Mini Blogathon here on Nigredo’s Room as a celebration/tribute to the memory of this great writer. You are invited to submit posts, art, reviews, thoughts, memories, fiction, videos, essays, pictures, songs; in short, whatever you like in whatever (digital) form you like as long as you are the owner of what you submit and it’s related to Sylvia Plath. Come the 11th of February I will be posting something every day, frequency depending on the number of submissions. Of course, everything will be acknowledged and appropriately linked. Please send your contributions/links to nigredox17(at)gmail(dot)com. Deadline is the 15th of February.
Besides the ownership of the material that you submit, there is just one other condition: this is not an anti-Hughes arena and therefore, material that I deem offensive/inappropriate will simply not be published. It’s ok to mention that Plath’s marital problems may have contributed to her early demise – but saying that Ted Hughes is a so-and-so who deserves this-and-that is not acceptable. My decision on this is not up for discussion.
Finally, if you do not wish to participate but still want to help get the word around, please feel free to copy any of the two JPEGS below on your site and link it to this post. It will be greatly appreciated.