Sylvia Plath’s work is absolutely of its time, yet continues to speak to readers. Over the last half-century, her writing has demonstrated a powerful ability to increase in currency. It resonates with readers from diverse cultures, in numerous languages. This essay evaluates responses to four significant Plath anniversaries that occurred in late 2012 and early 2013. There is the anniversary of the writing of the October poems of 1962, in what has been called Plath’s ‘miracle month’.1 There is the anniversary of The Bell Jar’s original publication in January of 1963. There is the anniversary of Plath’s death, on the eleventh day of the following month. And there is the anniversary of the discovery of the Ariel manuscript she left on her desk at that time. The multitude of reactions to this concurrence of fifty-year anniversaries presents a perfect opportunity for teasing out the ways that Plath is being read in the second decade of the twenty-first century, and for assessing the degree to which debates about her writing have developed since these important events.
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