A Closer Look at Ariel: A Memory of Sylvia Plath


by Nancy Hunter Steiner. Harper’s Magazine Press, $5.00. Mrs. Steiner was a college friend and roommate of the girl who was later to write fine poetry and, finally, to kill herself. These memories are sympathetic and particularly valuable in providing an outsider’s factual view of some of the episodes fictionalized in Plath’s autobiographical novel.