Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953

IMG_6071Did you know that Sylvia Plath dreamed of being a fashion editor at “the intellectual fashion magazine” Mademoiselle? She did manage to be chosen out of many young women from Smith College to be one of the special guest editors during the summer of 1953. This is a fascinating book by Elizabeth Winder about what the fashion world was like at this time in New York City, and to be a young woman in that environment. It’s a part of Sylvia Plath’s life that most do not know about. I highly recommend this book you.


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7 responses to “Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953


    I was not chosen but was asked to come to the magazine and visit. (Runner up) I remember taking a typing test, I think. Will like to read. See what year this was.

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    For me 1958.

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    Thanks for this recommendation!

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    • You are very welcome. Two authors that were New York Times bestsellers (Sam Kasher and Nancy Schoenbeger of Furious Love) who reviewed this book said: “Winder has done nothing less than restore Sylvia to her time–She’s given us the young, brilliant, mischievous girl, and not the ponderous symbol , martyr, or muse”.

  4. Olon

    I read the book and loved it.

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