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Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual Hardcover – December 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0199233878 ISBN-10: 019923387X Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1St Edition edition (December 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019923387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199233878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These images are fascinating resources for a biographer, or anyone interested in the development of Sylvia Plath's drive. Literary Review [A] superb illustrated work, which includes fresh perspectives on Plath's creative energy and a rich collection of paintings and drawings which have never been published before Oxford Times a lavish OUP volume. The Spectator A visual feast for the readers' senses. Mslexia

About the Author

Kathleen Connors served as director and curator for "The Arts of Sylvia Plath" project at Indiana University in 2002, featuring a literary symposium, an exhibition of Plath's art and manuscripts and a 70th year birthday commemoration. With Sally Bayley of Oxford, she is co-director of the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium at Oxford in October 2007.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. Steinberg on January 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sylvia Plath is in the midst of a renaissance. Since the publication of her Unabridged Journals in 2000, hardly a week goes by without her name appearing in the news, and the publication of a succession of books continues to re-evaluate the poets status in the literary world. Although Plath proved to be one of the most contentious, interesting, and passionate writers of the 20th century, the 21st has been much kinder. The books about Plath published in the last seven years each attempt and succeed to change the way we read her works, examine archival material to enrich our readings, and call our attention to lesser-known poems, stories, and other creative products. This is most evident in Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Visual of the Art edited by Kathleen Connors and Sally Bayley.

In addition to six wonderful essays by leading scholars, Eye Rhymes publishes for the first time more than 70 art works by Plath. The earliest dates from when she was just seven years old, and the latest is her Cold War collage, perhaps the most familiar and talked about piece she created. The book marries the artwork and Plath's creative writing, illustrating a one-to-one translation between the two types of creativity; what Susan Gubar in her Afterword calls the "sister arts" of Sylvia Plath.

The essays draw heavily off the Sylvia Plath Materials held at the Lilly Library, Indiana University at Bloomington. It is evident, however, that The Sylvia Plath Collection at the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College was used extensively as well. Plath's artwork informs and inspires each essayist; and it is Plath's writing, either contemporary to the artwork or her later, more mature writing, that allows for a clear, steady progression of Plath's talent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. szymanski on September 30, 2008
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This book is both a revelation and a must-have for fans of Sylvia Plath's creativity. The illustrations in this book, beautiful art well-laid out,
show the breadth of Plath's creativity. I've been a long-time reader of Plath, and didn't know how much art-work she did in her life. The book is worth the price, and very well-done.
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