About Sylvia.

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Enid Mark (1932–2008).


About Sylvia.


Wallingford, PA: ELM Press,




Edition of 50, with lithographs by Enid Mark printed on Arches Velin paper, hand-bound by Sarah Creighton in a chemise of black Tiziano paper from the Fabriano mill, and with title calligraphy by Jerry Kelly.

About Sylvia was conceived by Enid Mark, Sylvia Plath’s classmate and friend, and founder of ELM Press. This artist’s book was published during the tenth anniversary of the press, and contains ten poems by poets who knew Plath and by those who reflect on her from the distance of time. Its meaning for me is enhanced by having known and admired both of these women at a formative stage of our lives.

Each of the poems, including those by Diane Ackerman, John Berryman, Ann Sexton, and Richard Wilbur, conveys personal recollections about Plath. The image of shattered glass in these open pages reflects the emotional depths of Robert Lowell’s poetry; his Harvard workshop in summer 1958 introduced Plath to a boldly confessional mode of creative expression.


Judith Raymo