New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's gray textured paper over cream paper-covered boards, spine gilt, upper board blindstamped, original pictorial dust jacket.
Upon her suicide in 1963 Plath left the manuscript of her final book on her desk in the London flat she was living in with her children while separated from her husband, the poet Ted Hughes. Hughes altered the arrangement of the poems for publication, omitting some as too personal and including others composed shortly before and after those written in "the Ariel voice." The collection was published in ’65, by which time Plath had become as famous for her anguished death as for her work. The present edition restores the poems of Plath's final manuscript, in the sequence she arranged them, and reproduces the original typescript in facsimile. Also included are facsimiles of working drafts of the title poem, Plath's terse commentaries on poems she read for a December ’62 BBC radio broadcast, and scholarly notes by the poet David Semanki. In her foreword, Plath and Hughes's daughter Frieda takes pains to defend the decisions of her vilified father while honoring the memory of her mother. Light edgewear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #213