HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 39 – Sylvia Plath

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Sylvia Plath!

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Sylvia Plath

Miranda Ericsson Kendall Our guest this episode is Miranda Ericcson, who shares her knowledge and passion about Sylvia Plath’s life and works.

Books mentioned

Books discussed

  • The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath (Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, first poet to be awarded the prize posthumously).
  • Ariel: The Restored Edition (Includes facsimiles of her actual handwritten drafts, and publishes the poems in the order that Plath had intended).
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, Edited by Karen V. Kukil
  • American Isis by Carl Rollyson
  • Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

 Other recommended titles

  • Her Husband by Dianne Middlebrook.
  • Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, Collected short stories, essays, and journal excepts
  • Letters Home, Edited by Aurelia Plath.
  • Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
  • Lover of Unreason: Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath’s Rival and Ted Hughes’s Doomed Love by Yehuda Koren

 Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about Sylvia Plath’s poetry, her novel and her life. Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Sylvia Plath discussion.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics please comment on our blog post or send us an email at

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

2 thoughts on “HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 39 – Sylvia Plath

  1. Miranda, this was so much fun to listen to! “The Bell Jar” is the only book I have read by Sylvia Plath and have not read much about her, so this was a great listen. Your passion and knowledge truly shines, and I hope you continue to contribute to Hush.

  2. Thanks for listening, Erin! I’m so glad you enjoyed the discussion. 🙂

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