Letters of Sylvia Plath: 1940 - 1956

Part of London Literature Festival

Hear a selection of newly published letters by one of the defining poets of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath, in this live reading.

Ranging from the personal to the literary, Plath’s letters – most of which have never been seen before – offer insights into the genesis of an extraordinary writer, and the details of a life that helped to shape an iconic sensibility.

Refreshingly candid about her personal life, and written with inimitable wit and verve, these early letters from the first volume of her collected correspondence range from key moments in Plath’s adolescence; her successful but turbulent undergraduate years at Smith College; the move to England and Cambridge University; and her meeting and marrying Ted Hughes, including unseen letters post-honeymoon, revealing their extraordinary creative partnership.

From acceptance of her work, to dealing with rejection, Plath’s letters chart the early days of a writer establishing her voice.

A cast of readers featuring leading actors, authors and Plath experts presents the words of a writer who continues to captivate each new generation.

Dates & times

29 Oct 2017
Approximate run time: 150 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


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