Sylvia Plath: A life in photographs: 1955-1957

Plath entered Cambridge in September 1955. She met many people, and in addition to her studies, acted in the Amateur Dramatics Club. On 26 February, 1956, she met Ted Hughes at the launch party for the Saint Botolph's Review. She and Hughes married in London on 16 June, 1956, and honeymooned that summer in Benidorm, Spain. Plath marketed both her own poems and those written by Hughes. In early 1957, his collection The Hawk in the Rain won a prize and was accepted for publication. Plath was offered a teaching position for that fall in the English Department at Smith College. The next photograph gallery covers the period of 1957-1959, when Plath & Hughes were in America.


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cambridge

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The River Cam behind King's College, Cambridge, England.

cambridge1

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Newnham College, Cambridge. Plath's college while a Fulbright scholar.

cambridge2

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The garden at Newnham College, Cambridge. In Plath's time, the stone boy with dolphin was located in these garden's.


stone_boy

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A copy of Andrea del Verrocchio's Putto with Dolphin, Newnham College, Cambridge. Inspiration for Plath's story "Stone Boy with Dolphin". Also the subject of numerous journal entries. For an example, please see page 200 in the Journals.

queens_bridge

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Queen's Bridge, Cambridge. Plath purportedly bought her copy of the Saint Botolph's Review here on 25 February 1956. Plath''s copy now held by the University of Virginia.

cambridge9

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Whitstead, 4 Barton Road, Cambridge. Plath's residence for her first 15 months in Cambridge.

whitstead

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Whitstead, 4 Barton Road, Cambridge. Plath walked through these sporting fields on her way to Newnham.

cambridge7

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Grantchester Meadows, England. The subject of Plath's poem "Watercolor of Grantchester Meadows", published in The Colossus. Located near 55 Eltisley Avenue, Hughes and Plath frequently walked here.

cambridge8

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Grantchester Meadows, England. Another view of the river.

cambridge6

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Eltisley Avenue, Cambridge. Near Barton Road and Whitstead, Eltisley Avenue is a quiet residence street of row houses.

eltisley

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55 Eltisley Avenue, Cambridge. Plath and Hughes lived here from late 1956 through June 1957.

adc_theatre

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Amateur Dramatics Club, Park Street, Cambridge. In late 1955, Plath played Alice in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair at the A.D.C.

st_george

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St. George-the-Martyr, Queen's Square, London. Church where Plath and Hughes married on 16 June 1956.

altar

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St. George-the-Martyr, Queen's Square, London. Plath and Hughes were married here on 16 June 1956.

18_rubgy

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18 Rugby Street, London. Hughes lived here when he and Plath met.

heptonstall

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Heptonstall Church and village. Yorkshire, England.

hardcastle

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Hardcastle Crags, Heptonstall. See Plath's poem "Hardcastle Crags".

hardcastle1

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Hardcastle Crags, Heptonstall. The crags are located just outside of Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge.