Sunday 17 March 2013
Mad Girl's Love Song
For example, on a trip to New York with boyfriend Richard Sassoon, Plath's suitcase is stolen from his parked car and some of her favourite belongings are taken - a blue cashmere sweater, a number of poetry books and her Chanel No 5. When this is reported at the police station she becomes fascinated by the whole procedure and later composes the poem Item: Stolen, One Suitcase.
The book ends when Plath goes to Cambridge on a Fulbright scholarship and meets Ted Hughes. I was left with a couple of lingering questions. What happened to Eddie Cohen the young James Dean lookalike who kept up a long-term correspondence with Plath and acted as an informal critic of her work? He seemed to be a voice of reason in her tumultuous life. I also wondered why Plath seemed to dislike her mother so much. Aurelia was a highly intelligent woman who raised her children alone after the death of her husband. She worked as a shorthand tutor to pay for their eduction. There is a suggestion that her self-sacrifice created a constant sense of obligation in Sylvia which caused her resentment.
I now want to read a biography which covers the latter part of Plath's life and also some of the collections of her poetry if anyone has any recommendations. I feel a reading project coming on ...
PS These jute bags by seasalt are very handy for lugging around heavy biographies!