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The Resource Mary Ventura and the ninth kingdom, Sylvia Plath

Mary Ventura and the ninth kingdom, Sylvia Plath

Label
Mary Ventura and the ninth kingdom
Title
Mary Ventura and the ninth kingdom
Statement of responsibility
Sylvia Plath
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lips the colour of blood, the sun an unprecedented orange, train wheels that sound like 'guilt, and guilt, and guilt': these are just some of the things Mary Ventura begins to notice on her journey to the ninth kingdom. 'But what is the ninth kingdom?' she asks a kind-seeming lady in her carriage. 'It is the kingdom of the frozen will,' comes the reply. 'There is no going back. Sylvia Plath's strange, dark tale of independence over infanticide, written not long after she herself left home, grapples with mortality in motion. There is good reason to suppose that Plath would have wanted this work of fiction printed: she submitted it to Mademoiselle magazine in 1953, although it was rejected. The prose is not as radiant as in her 1963 novel, The Bell Jar, published 11 years later, but there is still plenty to admire: a masterly ratcheting up of tension over 40 pages; short, simple sentences that slip between the ribs. As the heroine, Mary, gradually realises that the destination the train is bound for (the Dantean 'ninth kingdom') is probably not somewhere she'd like to end up, she shrugs off her wearying passivity and takes action
Member of
Summary
An allegorical tale describes young Mary Ventura's train voyage to the mysterious ninth kingdom, on which she is befriended by an enigmatic woman
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Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10766791
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Plath, Sylvia
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Faber stories
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women
  • Railroad travel
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in women
Target audience
adult
Label
Mary Ventura and the ninth kingdom, Sylvia Plath
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065145144
Dimensions
16 cm.
Extent
vi, 40 pages
Isbn
9780571351732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1079208563
Label
Mary Ventura and the ninth kingdom, Sylvia Plath
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065145144
Dimensions
16 cm.
Extent
vi, 40 pages
Isbn
9780571351732
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1079208563

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