Plath poems identified in carbon paper

An article in The Guardian reports on the work of Gail Crowther and Peter K Steinberg, who identified two previously unknown poems by Sylvia Plath. The poems were on carbon paper found in the back of an old notebook owned by Sylvia Plath.

“Written at the start of Plath and Hughes’s relationship in autumn 1956, the two unseen poems were deciphered from a carbon paper on which Plath had also typed up a table of contents for Hughes’s groundbreaking collection The Hawk in the Rain, two of her own poems – The Shrike and Natural History – as well as a fifth possible poem by Plath…As well as unpublished work by Plath, Crowther and Steinberg discovered previously unseen photos of Plath in the archive at the Lilly Library at Indiana University.”

Crowther and Steinberg’s work is published in These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath (Fonthill Media 2017).

Read the full article in The Guardian here.