Sylvia Plath was in Paris during Easter 1956, alone in a hotel near Notre Dame. She’d grown to love the city after spending Christmas there with Richard Sassoon and she’d hoped he’d be with her for Easter too, but he hadn’t answered her letters. She’d met Ted Hughes a month earlier; Ted was also in her head, and within ten weeks they’d be married.
In the fourth of his Art Decades series of small format limited edition books, Dave Haslam explores this key period in Sylvia Plath’s life. We discover how she filled those Paris days; including having dinner with an Italian communist, embracing the idea of drunken afternoon sex with a friend of a friend, sketching in the park, and lying on her yellow bed in an attic room listening to the sound of the Paris rain as she considered decisions and future plans; in her phrase, “the fatal dance” of choices and alternatives.
The previous three books in the series cover subjects including vinyl collecting, Keith Haring’s New York Nightlife, and the tale of Courtney Love’s extended stay in Liverpool in 1982.
“Lovely editions & beautifully written” – James O’Brien