Peter K. Steinberg's Books

These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath by Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2017. FORTHCOMING

Focusing on previously unpublished material found in archives from all around the world, These Ghostly Archives aims to reconstruct the ghostly figure of Plath within our culture via unseen letters, manuscripts, photographs, places, and poems. This book approaches archival studies by exploring both the practical and experiential work carried out in the archive, highlighting the detective-type work that it involves and the traces left behind from history. However, for the first time, this book also combines the sociological notion of haunting - that is, the archive as a location where both the researchers haunt the research subject, and in turn are haunted by the traces left behind. This book showcases the necessity to leave no archival box or folder left unopened, and how the researcher and the archive can change, even though its documents might stay the same. 'These Ghostly Archives' offers a ground-breaking and unique look at Sylvia Plath studies.(Amazon)
Sylvia Plath. Great Writers series. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004.

A short but comprehensive biography of Sylvia Plath written as way to introduce her life to younger readers. With an introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin. (Amazon)

Free Online Essays

  • These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past (co-written with Gail Crowther) (2013)
  • These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England (co-written with Gail Crowther) (2012)
  • Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications (2012)
  • Editor's Note (2012)
  • A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow (2011)
  • These Ghostly Archives 3 (co-written with Gail Crowther) (2011)
  • This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (2010)
  • "They Had to Call and Call": The Search for Sylvia Plath (2010)
  • A Note About the Cover (2010)
  • These Ghostly Archives, Redux (co-written with Gail Crowther) (2010)
  • These Ghostly Archives (co-written with Gail Crowther) (2009)
  • "I Should Be Loving This": Sylvia Plath's "The Perfect Place" and The Bell Jar (2008)

  • Introductions

    Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning by Elizabeth Sigmund and Gail Crowther. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.

    Sylvia Plath in Devon is part memoir, part biography focusing on the fifteen months that Sylvia Plath lived in North Tawton, Devon from September 1961 to December 1962. This was an extraordinary time for Plath as she finished the proofs on her first novel The Bell Jar and in the autumn of 1962 produced most of her dazzling Ariel poems. Elizabeth Sigmund recalls the year of her friendship with Plath from their first meeting drinking tea to attending music concerts together. Gail Crowther considers the impact Plath's domestic life had on her creative work during this period drawing for the first time on unpublished letters, documents and previously unseen resources from a wide range of archives in the UK, US and Canada. What emerges is a unique and industrious picture of Plath as she settled into town life forging new friendships, giving birth to her second child, decorating her new home and producing some of the most memorable and powerful poetry of the 20th century.(Amazon)

    The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: The British Library, 2010.

    Sylvia Plath is widely regarded as one of the most influential American authors of the twentieth century. Her frank, confessional style of writing, combined with her marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes and her tragic suicide at age thirty have created an enduring literacy legacy and public fascination. This CD brings together BBC recordings from the British Library Sound Archive and features Plath reading many of her poems, such as "Leaving Early," "Candles," "Tulips," "The Surgeon at 2 a.m.," and "Berck-Plage." In addition, the disc presents Plath discussing poetic craft and her move to Britain, as well as a significantly revealing interview with Plath and Hughes, in which they talk about their famous marriage and what it means to live with your muse. Many of these recordings are available here for the first time, and together they will be a must-have for fans of Plath and twentieth-century poetry.(Sadly out of print, but some copies are available.)