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Plath and Marcia Brown

Many of the women Plath met at college became her friends for life. This letter to her college roommate, Marcia Brown, was written a week before her death. Plath and Ted Hughes had separated the previous October. They were living at Court Green, a thatched manor house in Devonshire. Plath writes about her plans to make a life of her own in London with her two children, Frieda and Nicholas Hughes. Plath committed suicide in her London apartment on February 11, 1963.

Sylvia Plath. Letter to Marcia Brown Plumer,
February 4, 1963.

Plath letter to Brown page 1 (small)Plath letter to Brown page 2 (small)

photo of Plath and Brown in 1951 (small)Photograph of Marcia Brown and Sylvia Plath, Marblehead, Mass,
July 24, 1951.

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There are more than 150 letters in the Sylvia Plath Collection. All are unpublished.

Presented by Marcia Brown Stern ’54.
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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