Smith Co-Sponsors Sylvia Plath Forum at Oxford

Karen Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections, is a featured speaker at the 75th Anniversary Symposium in the United Kingdom, Oct. 25-29.

Sylvia Plath, 1947. Courtesy of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College © Aurelia S. Plath estate.


The 2007 conference brings together scholars, writers, artists and poets to demonstrate the many aspects of Plath’s work.

Karen Kukil was co-recipient of the 2007 (Division One) Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Award from the Association of College & Research Libraries. She received the award for "No Other Appetite": Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry, which she co-authored with Stephen Enniss of Emory University. Together Kukil and Enniss curated the exhibition of the same name at the Grolier Club in New York City in fall 2005.

In addition to Ms. Kukil, Cornelia Pearsall, Associate Professor of English, and Smith student Aubrey Menard ’08 will also give talks. Alumna Enid Mark ’54 will display her 1996 Elm Press book About Sylvia at the Oxford symposium.

The Plath collection at Smith includes over 4,000 pages of Plath's literary and personal papers, and is the most popular holding of the Mortimer Rare Book Room in Neilson Library. Kukil was responsible for editing The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950–1962, published in 2000. Some manuscript collections from the MRBR are described in finding aids on the Five College Archives & Manuscript Collections website.

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Sylvia Plath's draft pages

Plath wrote not only her novel The Bell Jar on Smith's pink memo paper but also successive drafts of her famous bee poems, including "Stings." Image courtesy Mortimer Rare Book Room.


Karen Kukil
Mortimer Rare Book Room
Neilson Library
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