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Mary Ventura & the Ninth Kingdom

(2019)
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Never before published, this newly discovered story by literary legend Sylvia Plath stands on its own and is remarkable for its symbolic, allegorical approach to a young woman's rebellion against convention and forceful taking control of her own life.

Written while Sylvia Plath was a student at Smith College in 1952, Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom tells the story of a young woman's fateful train journey.

Lips the color 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 female agency and independence, written not long after she herself left home, grapples with mortality in motion.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 0-06-294085-6 / 978-0-06-294085-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: Faber Stories
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 0-571-35173-5 / 978-0-571-35173-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 0-06-294083-X / 978-0-06-294083-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 1-982641-77-0 / 978-1-982641-77-1
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 1-982641-78-9 / 978-1-982641-78-8
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio
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January 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
ISBN: 1-982641-79-7 / 978-1-982641-79-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom: A Story
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: Faber Stories
Author(s): Sylvia Plath
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU