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On May 31, 1953, twenty-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City for a one-month stint as a guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine. Over the next twenty-six days, she lived at the Barbizon Hotel, attended Balanchine ballets, watched a game at Yankee Stadium, and danced at the West Side Tennis Club. She typed rejection letters to writers from The New Yorker and ate an entire bowl of caviar at an advertising luncheon. She stalked Dylan Thomas and fought off a diamond-wielding suitor from the United Nations. She took hot baths, had her hair done, and discovered her signature drink (vodka, no ice). Young, beautiful, and on the cusp of an impressive career, she was supposed to be having the time of her life.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with fellow guest editors, whose memories infuse these pages, Elizabeth Winder reveals how these twenty-six days indelibly altered how Plath saw herself, her mother, her friendships, and her romantic relationships, and how this period shaped her emerging identity as a woman and as a writer. Thoughtful and illuminating, Pain, Parties, Work offers new insight as it introduces us to Sylvia Plath, the girl, before she became one of the greatest and most influential poets of the twentieth century.
Pauline Reage has never been seen as particularly respectable influence, but this author's evocative fashion descriptions bring her to mind. Read morePublished 3 days ago by A Customer
This book is a fresh and welcome debunking of the legend of Sylvia Plath as a self-serious and death-obsessed poetess. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leandro Salina
In the summer of 1953, Sylvia Plath and several other college girls were chosen as guest editors for Mademoiselle Magazine, to work on the college issue. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laurel-Rain Snow
Well written, but a little disjointed at times. Would have liked a little more back story of her youth and mother.Published 3 months ago by Neil Morris
The received wisdom these days seems to be that gender constructs were handed down in stone tablets, from Madison Avenue in the 50's and early 60's. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Baklava
and this gave fresh insights. i have been a plath scholar for the past 25 or 30 years, i have a shelf filled with her work & the related criticism & bios, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kimberly Townsend Palmer
I read The Bell Jar when I was 13 and impressionable, which mean Sylvia Plath herself left a firm impression on my mind. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Girl Friday Reader
Having read another book about Sylvia Plath (American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson), I didn't know whether I could face another - knowing what this... Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. S. HARDEN
I was a little disappointed by this book billed as a look at the young Sylvia. The goal was meant to be a profile of Plath's time as a college editor at Mademoiselle Magazine,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elaine