A video trailer for Three-Martini Afternoons at The Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton can be viewed here via Gallery Books:

A short reading from the Introduction to Three-Martini Afternoons at The Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton

January 2021 Early praise for Three-Martini Afternoons at The Ritz


“A beautifully written book that investigates the rebel poets Plath and Sexton. Gail Crowther tells the story with tenderness, warmth and wit. I was laughing on one page, wanting to weep on another. I can’t imagine a better book will be written on the subject. Absolutely fascinating.”
—Andrew Wilson, author of Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith and Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted

“Compelling and extremely informative dual biography… a thrilling read… Offering a powerful and disturbing look into the forces that drive us to creativity and to our own destruction… this book leaves readers hungering for more of what these two literary comets burned with: the power of a little poetry. Deliriously fast-paced and erudite, this is highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Gail Crowther’s eloquent biography of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton strikes to the very heart of both women. While feminist in its bent, it is not limited to that approach and rings true to every aspect of the lives of these fascinating poets.”
—Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching For Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton and Half In Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

“[A] solid study that illuminates two ‘hugely ambitious women in a cultural moment that did not know how to deal with ambitious women’… Excellent research… this insightful account is a slick addition to the body of work on these two influential poets.”
Publishers Weekly

June 2019 An announcement about Kicking at the Door of Fame in Publishers Weekly

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29 April 2019 Venus Unwrapped, Poet in the City: Sylvia Plath Life between the Lines at King’s Place, London with Mona Arshi, Erica Wagner, and Anna Madeley.

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Photo ©Kevin Cummins, 2019

21 November 2018 No Man’s Land: Sylvia Plath an interview for a podcast by The Wing https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/no-mans-land-by-the-wing/id1441459875?mt=2

21 April 2018 An interview for Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff? in The New York Times

8 March 2018 An interview for Sylvia Plath: A post-war poet unafraid to confront her own despair in the ‘Overlooked series’, The New York Times


6 August 2017 An interview ‘The Mystery of Sylvia Plath’s Lost Novel’ in Lost Masterpieces, The Daily Beast

1 July 2017 An interview with Dazed sylvia plath: unseen 


8 June 2017 A television documentary for Arte TV Invitation au voyage: Berck, La Plage Poetique de Sylvia Plath

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7 June 2017 An interview in Brazilian newspaper Folha De S.Paulo about finding two lost Plath poems and the release of These Ghostly Archives. 

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25 May 2017 A radio interview with Samira Ahmed for Front Row on BBC Radio 4 exploring how Photoshop and social media helped to explore two lost Plath poems.

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25 May 2017 A radio interview for Newshour on the BBC World Service exploring the content of two lost Plath poems and what they can tell us about Plath’s early development as a writer.

‘Hidden Plath poems deciphered after 50 years’ an article by Danuta Kean in The Guardian (25 May 2017, page 9) exploring the discovery of lost Plath poems and unseen photographs by Peter K. Steinberg and myself.


25 May 2017 an article in Elle magazine about the discovery of two lost Plath poems


A feature article (pages 23-26) exploring Plath’s European heritage and her 1961 visit to Berck Plage in The New European (7-14 April 2017).


24 February 2017 Filming on Berck Plage in Northern France for an ARTE television documentary about Sylvia Plath’s connections with France. Photos ©Kevin Cummins 2017



22 August 2016 My Muse: Kathryn Williams on Sylvia Plath BBC Radio 4 interview with the musician Kathryn Williams talking about how Plath influences people and ways in which readers become attached to her.

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6 June 2015 ‘Sylvia Plath: shining a light on poetic genius’ Felicity Plunkett The Australian: A review of Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year’s Turning

7 May 2015 The Folk of the Pennines BBC Radio 4 Interview with Mark Radcliffe: A visit to Plath’s grave in Heptonstall with Mark Radcliffe to talk about Plath’s connections with Yorkshire.

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Gail Crowther and Mark Radcliffe in Heptonstall

6 April 2015 Blackburn university students get insight from top academic researcher The Lancashire Telegraph: A review of a talk given about my first book Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year’s Turning co-written with Elizabeth Sigmund.

11 February 2015 Sylvia Plath in Devon: The story of a book Peter K. Steinberg: A review of Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year’s Turning

28 February 2013 ‘Previously unknown Sylvia Plath artifacts revealed in talk on the poet at Plymouth University’ Plymouth Herald: An article discussing a talk given at Plymouth University about archival research carried out with Peter K. Steinberg

28 October 2010 Ted Hughes’ ‘Last Letter’ Mark Ford The New York Review of Books: A discussion about a lost poem by Ted Hughes’s dealing with Plath’s final days.