My father “honoured my mother's work and her memory by publishing Ariel... He, perhaps more than anyone, recognised and acknowledged her talent as extraordinary. Without Ariel, my mother's literary genius might have gone unremarked for ever.” -Frieda Hughes
“Largely on the strength of Ariel, Plath became one of the best-known female American poets of the 20th century.” -Poetry Foundation
SCARCE UNCORRECTED PROOF OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WORKS OF AMERICAN POETRY.
Ariel(1965)—a collection of Plath’s later poems that included ‘Daddy’ and another of her well-known poems, ‘Lady Lazarus’—sparked the growth of a much broader following of devoted and enthusiastic readers than she had during her lifetime. Ariel received a review in The New York Times that praised its ‘relentless honesty,’ ‘sophistication of the use of rhyme,’ and ‘bitter force,’ and Poetry magazine noted ‘a pervasive impatience, a positive urgency to the poems.’ Plath quickly became one of the most popular American poets” (Britannica).
Ariel, Plath’s second book of poetry, was (controversially) edited by her husband Ted Hughes and published in 1965, two years after her death.
London: Faber and Faber, 1965. Octavo, original printed wrappers. Wrappers with early (unidentified) signature on front, light soiling. EXTREMELY RARE.
Price: $5,000 .