Plath's Reading Notes
Sylvia Plath. Notes on Literature
of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (English 211), 1951-1952.
During her sophomore
year at Smith College, Sylvia Plath studied twentieth-century literature
with Elizabeth Drew. Her notes from the class reveal a strong attraction
to the passage in Virginia Woolfs novel To
the Lighthouse about the timeless eternity of the moment.
D. H. Lawrence. Sons and
Lovers. New York: The Modern Library, 1913. From the library of
Like Woolf, Sylvia
Plath read Sons and Lovers and admired
D. H. Lawrences writing. In the final chapter, Paul Morel
falls into a depression after his mother dies. Plath underlines
these passages and writes Cf. July 1953 in the margin,
probably a reference to her own depression recorded in the journal
entry previously featured.
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Sylvia Plath Collection
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