Elizabeth Winder, author of Pain, Parties, Work, on tour April/May 2013

Posted By on March 20, 2013

Pain, Parties, WorkAbout Pain, Parties, Work

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Harper (April 16, 2013)

“I dreamed of New York, I am going there.”

On May 31, 1953, twenty-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City for a one-month stint at “the intellectual fashion magazine” Mademoiselle to be a guest editor for its prestigious annual college issue. Over the next twenty-six days, the bright, blond New England collegian lived at the Barbizon Hotel, attended Balanchine ballets, watched a game at Yankee Stadium, and danced at the West Side Tennis Club. She typed rejection letters to writers from The New Yorker and ate an entire bowl of caviar at an advertising luncheon. She stalked Dylan Thomas and fought off an aggressive diamond-wielding delegate from the United Nations. She took hot baths, had her hair done, and discovered her signature drink (vodka, no ice). Young, beautiful, and on the cusp of an advantageous career, she was supposed to be having the time of her life.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with fellow guest editors whose memories infuse these pages, Elizabeth Winder reveals how these twenty-six days indelibly altered how Plath saw herself, her mother, her friendships, and her romantic relationships, and how this period shaped her emerging identity as a woman and as a writer.Pain, Parties, Work—the three words Plath used to describe that time—shows how Manhattan’s alien atmosphere unleashed an anxiety that would stay with her for the rest of her all-too-short life.

Thoughtful and illuminating, this captivating portrait invites us to see Sylvia Plath before The Bell Jar, before she became an icon—a young woman with everything to live for.

Elizabeth WinderAbout Elizabeth Winder

Elizabeth Winder is also the author of a poetry collection. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Review, the Antioch Review, American Letters, and other publications. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and earned an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.

Elizabeth’s Tours Stops

Tuesday, April 16th: Savvy Verse & Wit

Wednesday, April 17th: 50 Books Project

Thursday, April 18th: Veronica M.D

Wednesday, April 24th: Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, April 24th: The Road to Here

Monday, April 29th: nomadreader

Tuesday, April 30th: Man of La Book

Thursday, May 2nd: The Blog of Lit Wits

Thursday, May 2nd: Necromancy Never Pays

Friday, May 3rd: Luxury Reading

Monday, May 6th: Sophisticated Dorkiness

Tuesday, May 7th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Wednesday, May 8th: Book Hooked Blog

Monday, May 13th: A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, May 14th: missris

Wednesday, May 15th: guiltless reading

Thursday, May 16th: The Scarlet Letter

Monday, May 20th: Peppermint PhD


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