Sylvia Plath: A life in photographs: 1932-1942

The photographs on this page show images of Plath's childhood Jamaica Plain and Winthrop, Massachusetts. When the Plath's moved to Winthrop in 1936, they lived on the bay side of Boston Harbor, where the water is tidal, but mostly calm. Plath's maternal grandparents lived on a house which backs onto the rougher, open waters of Massachusetts Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Otto Plath died in 1940, but the family remained in Winthrop until 1942. The next photograph gallery covers the period of 1942-1950, when Plath lived in Wellesley.


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robinson_mem

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The building where Plath was born.

Now a part of the Boston University Medical Center.

24_prince

Reference:
Plath's first home.

winthrop8

Reference:
Winthrop is a peninsula east of Boston.


johnson

Reference:
Plath's home from 1936-1942.

johnsonbeach

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Plath played here as a child.

winthrop15

Reference:
Visible are the Water Tower and a portion of Deer Island.

winthrop2

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The house of Francis and Aurelia Schober.

point_shirley

Reference:
See Plath's poem "Point Shirley" for a description of these stones.

winthrop10

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The beach behind the house at 892 Shirely Street.

winthrop3

Caption:
Deer Island.

winthrop_landing

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On the bay side of Winthrop.

water_tower

Reference:
Read Plath's poem "Point Shirley" and Chapter 12 of The Bell Jar.

sunshine_school

Reference:
Plath attended pre-school here starting in 1937.

eb_newton

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Plath attended from 1940 to 1942.

methodist

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In the town center.
Location of Otto Plath's funeral.

winthrop11

Reference:
See Plath's Journals, page 473, Chapter 12 of The Bell Jar, and the poem "Electra on Azelea Path".

otto_grave_winthrop

Reference:
See Plath's Journals, page 473, Chapter 12 of The Bell Jar, and the poem "Electra on Azelea Path".

otto_grave

Reference:
See Plath's Journals, page 473 and Chapter 12 of The Bell Jar.

azaela_path

Reference:
See Plath's poem "Electra on Azelea Path", as well as the Journals, page 473, and Chapter 12 of The Bell Jar.