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Writing for The New YorkerCritical Essays on an American Periodical$
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Fiona Green

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682492

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.001.0001

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Sylvia Plath and ‘The Blessed Glossy New Yorker

Sylvia Plath and ‘The Blessed Glossy New Yorker

(p.118) Chapter 6 Sylvia Plath and ‘The Blessed Glossy New Yorker
Writing for The New Yorker

Linda Freedman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the making of Sylvia Plath in the context of The New Yorker, as well as her sense of her own materiality, or immateriality, as a writer in that context. In Jacqueline Rose's positioning of Plath in the terrain of contemporary periodicals, The New Yorker figures as the most desirable destination for her writing, even though her work appears more frequently in other periodicals such as the Ladies' Home Journal, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen. Rose points out that Plath published in a range of magazines with quite different markets. She went for highbrow and middlebrow, literary and popular, with exposure as her overriding concern. The New Yorker's initial reluctance to publish Plath made acceptance in its pages all the more attractive.

Keywords:   Sylvia Plath, The New Yorker, materiality, Jacqueline Rose, contemporary periodicals, Ladies' Home Journal, Mademoiselle

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