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November 30, 2004

Children Expecting Little Mermaid Remake Will Have Their Minds Blown

by Ron Hogan

The manuscript of poems collected under the title Ariel that Sylvia Plath left behind when she killed herself in 1963 isn't what was published under that name a few years later. Ted Hughes' editorial revisions have finally been changed back, as HarperCollins publishes Ariel: The Restored Edition. Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes, will introduce a reading of the original arrangement tonight at the Proshansky Auditorium on Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets. (The event starts at 7:30 p.m., but frankly I'd plan on getting there earlier if I were you--I'd be there myself, but I've got to write about Hollywood musicals of the 1970s.)

Soeaking of Plath, Salon offers a lengthy article about her therapist drawing upon a 1998 interview that led Karen Maroda to believe "this talented therapist had certain blind spots about Sylvia that may have interfered with her treatment." She adds, "While it is clear these two women forged a powerful relationship that helped Sylvia Plath, they also crossed some professional boundaries along the way." To find out what those boundaries were, you'll have to read the article yourself...

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