Plath, Sylvia, 1932-1963
Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom
Paperback ISBN: 006294083x
Never before published, this newly discovered story by literary legend Sylvia Plath stands on its own and is remarkable for its symbolic, allegorical approach to a young woman’s rebellion against convention and forceful taking control of her own life. Written while Sylvia Plath was a student at Smith College in 1952, Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom tells the story of a young woman’s fateful train journey. Lips the color of blood, the sun an unprecedented orange, train wheels that sound like “guilt, and guilt, and guilt”: these are just some of the things Mary Ventura begins to notice on her journey to the ninth kingdom. “But what is the ninth kingdom?” she asks a kind-seeming lady in her carriage. “It is the kingdom of the frozen will,” comes the reply. “There is no going back.” Sylvia Plath’s strange, dark tale of female agency and independence, written not long after she herself left home, grapples with mortality in motion.
A Facsimile Of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection And Arrangement, The Restored Edition
Paperback ISBN: 0060732601
Seeking to restore the selection and arrangement originally intended by Plath at the time of her death, an edition of her final works features a facsimile of her complete working drafts of the title poem, provided to offer insight into her creative process and manuscript notes made for the BBC about additional works. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Hardcover ISBN: 0571351166
The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as Lady Lazarus, Daddy, Edge and Paralytic, were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963."If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded . . . They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity . . . the book is a major literary event." A. Alvarez in the Observer This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series of ten titles celebrating Faber's publishing over the decades.