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Plath mss. II, 1932-1977


Subseries: Box 13 Cambridge, Newnham college; Teaching year at Smith

Folder 1 Application material Correspondence and other materials relating to Plath's acceptance to Newnham College.

16 items


Box 13
Folder 2

Papers, Oct. 1955-Sept. 1956

The papers were written for various tutorials and all are by Plath.

Arranged chronologically.


Four Tragedies of Corneille: The Conflict of Good with Good. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Oct. 26, 1955.  9 p.

Strindberg: Tragic Concept and Dramatic Form. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Jan. 22, 1956.  15 p.

The Question of Tragedy in Chekhov's Plays. "Studies in Frustration" or an "Affirmation of Life?" Typescript. Feb. 5, 1956.  8 p.

The Drama of Yeats and Synge. (A Few Miscellaneous Notes and Observations, Only). Typescript with supervisor's comments. Feb. 13, 1956.  8 p.

Passion as Destiny in Racine's Plays. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Mar. 3, 1956.  15 p.

Some Few Observations on "Disagreeables" in the Plays of Webster and Tourneur. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Mar. 12, 1956.  7 p.

Some Preliminary Notes on Plato and Popper: Concerning The Republic. Typescript with holograph changes and supervisor's comments. May 14, 1956.  10 p.

Box 13
Folder 3

Papers, Oct. 1956-Feb. 14, 1957

The papers were written for various tutorials and all are by Plath.

Arranged chronologically.


Some Observations on The City Of God. Typescript with holograph changes and supervisor's comments. Oct. 16, 1956.  13 p.

On The Elevation Of Reason: Some Notes Concerning the Cambridge Platonists, Whichcote and Smith. Typescript with holograph corrections and supervisor's comments. Oct. 24, [1956].  5 p. Also, typescript notes, 2 p.

Some Notes on Hooker's Ecclesiastical Polity (Books 1-3). Typescript with holograph corrections and supervisor's comments. Oct. 30, 1956.  11 p.

Some Notes on Hobbes' Leviathan. Typescript with holograph corrections and supervisor's comments. Nov. 8, 1956.  10 p.

The Utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill: Some Comparisons and Contrasts. Typescript with holograph changes and notes. Nov. 27, 1956.  10 p.

Literature Versus Dogma. Typescript with holograph changes. Dec. 4, 1956.  7 p.

Chaucer: The Most Versatile of Fourteenth Century English Poets. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Dec. 7, 1956.  16 p.

Some Notes on Coleridge's Aids To Reflection. Typescript with holograph notes and changes. 5 p. + 5 p. holograph notes. Jan. 22, 1957. 

Some Notes on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Jan. 31, 1957.  10 p.

Some Observations on Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Typescript with holograph changes and supervisor's comments. Feb. 4, 1957.  10 p.

Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Feb. 4, 1957.  7 p.

Box 13
Folder 4

Papers, Feb. 18, 1957-Mar. 1957,  undated

The papers were written for various tutorials and all are by Plath.

Arranged chronologically.


D.H. Lawrence: The Tree of Knowledge Versus The Tree of Life. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Feb. 18, 1957.  9 p.

Henryson: as a "Scottish Chaucerian". Typescript with supervisor's comments. Mar. 4, 1957.  7 p.

On Chaucer's House of Fame. Typescript with supervisor's comments. Mar. 7, 1957.  7 p.

"Damn Braces. Bless Relaxes". Blake and Lawrence: A Brief Comparison and Contrast. Typescript. Mar. 14, 1957.  5 p.

The Device of the Dream Vision in Chaucer and a Few Comparisons. Typescript with holograph notes and changes. [1957].  6 p.

The Character of Zeus in Prometheus Bound. Typescript with holograph changes and 4 p. typescript notes. n.d.  7 p. On verso of each page of notes is typescript draft of part of story The Matisse Chapel.

The Destructive Power of Genius in Four of Ibsen's Plays. Typescript and 5-page typescript and holograph notes n.d.  11 p.

Piers Plowman: A Few Observations and Comparisons. Typescript with holograph changes. n.d.  10 p.

Reflections on the Quester Legend. Typescript with supervisor's comments. n.d.  10 p.

The Sensuous Imagery in the Canterbury Tales. Typescript with supervisor's comments. n.d.  8 p.

Some Notes on Hume's Enquiries concerning Human Understanding and The Principles of Morals. Typescript with holograph changes and 2 p. holograph notes. n.d.  4 p. On verso of second page of notes is: "Parlour-Piece," a poem by Ted Hughes. Typescript. 1 p.

Some Notes on the Gorgias. Typescript draft, with holograph changes and notes. n.d.  12 p.

Box 13 Notes

Includes notes of readings, a chart for dating writers' works and copies of the Tripos exams. 598 p.


Folder 5 Notes

Folder 6 Notes

Folder 7 Notes

Box 13
Folder 8

Diploma B.A. degree granted to Plath. June 29, 1957.

Teaching at Smith College, 1957-1958

Box 13 Notes

176 p. in 3 items

Includes notebooks, syllabi, exam questions, and analyses of various literary works, both typescript and holograph. For notebook of Modern Art course Plath audited during her year of teaching at Smith, See Box 12, folder 1


Folder 9 Notes

Folder 10 Notes

Folder 11 Notes

Folder 12 Check stubs

Includes Plath's pay check stubs from Smith College, 9 items, and Ted Hughes' pay check stubs from University of Massachusetts, 22 items.


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