Sylvia Plath | Document signed, authorising the BBC broadcast of 'Three Women', 9 June 1962
Document signed, "Authority to Broadcast Specially Written Material (One Performance Only)"
authorising the BBC to broadcast "my 378 line POEM entitled 'Three Women'" on the Third Programme, also agreeing to fees for repeats as laid out in an earlier letter of 31 May 1962, 1 page, oblong 8vo (126 x 205mm), 9 June 1962, spotting
'Three Women' comprises three interwoven monologues expressing the experiences of three pregnant women: one takes her child home, a second suffers a miscarriage, and the third gives up her baby for adoption. It was written in the months after the birth of her son, Nicholas, and draws on her own experience of miscarriage in 1961. It was first broadcast on 19 August 1962, around the time of the collapse of Plath's marriage.
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