Excerpt from the 2007 Foreword to Chapters in a Mythology

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Judith Kroll

Judith Kroll  is the author of Chapters in a Mythology: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath (Harper & Row, 1976), which was the first full-length critical study of Plath. A British edition—with a new, 24-page foreword—was published in 2007. She also contributed the biographical entry on Plath for Notable American Women (Harvard University Press, 1980); served as a consultant for the Plath segment in the PBS series Voices & Visions (1988); and in 1974 established the text for most of Plath’s Collected Poems. Her two published collections of poems are In the Temperate Zone and Our Elephant & That Child. Her lyric essays, all in some way connected with the 20 years she has spent in India, have appeared in a number of periodicals, and form part of a book manuscript, The Beheaded. Several projects involving collaborative translations from the Kannada have grown out of visits to South India. She retired this year from the University of Texas at Austin, and previously taught at Vassar. In addition to devoting more time to poems and lyric essays, she will be working again on Plath and returning to journals, tape recordings, correspondence and conversations with people including Ruth Beuscher, A. Alvarez, Olwyn Hughes, and Daniel Aaron.