blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1





Grateful acknowledgment is made to the estate of Sylvia Plath, particularly to Frieda Hughes, as well as to Ros Edwards of the Edwards Fuglewicz Literary Agency, for granting Blackbird first serial publication rights to “Ennui.”

We also thank Dr. Bryant Mangum, editor of The Best Early Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Modern Library, 2005) and Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, whose support and encouragement while teaching his course “Writer in Time: Fitzgerald’s Short Stories” nurtured Anna Journey’s research of the Fitzgerald and Plath connection.

Thanks go to Rebecca Cape, Head of Public Services (Rare books and manuscripts) at Indiana University’s Lilly Library, where the poem is archived.  We appreciate the advice and assistance given by Karen V. Kukil, the editor of The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, who is Reference Archivist of the Sophia Smith Collection and Associate Curator of Rare Books at the William Allan Neilson Library of Smith College; thanks also to Susan Barker of Smith College who offered her help in securing permission to use the Eric Stahlberg photo of Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath’s annotated copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is located in the Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald at the Thomas Cooper Library of the University of South Carolina , and we thank Prof. Matthew J. Bruccoli, the distinguished Fitzgerald scholar, for reminding us to mention that helpful information.

In addition, we recognize Dr. Park Bucker, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter, whose essay “Princess Daisy: A Description of Sylvia Plath’s Copy of The Great Gatsby” first inspired Anna Journey to conduct further research into Fitzgerald’s influence on Plath’s poetry.  

Page from Plath's copy of The Great Gatsby
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