Sylvia Plath’s personal library of approximately 150 books is housed at the Lilly Library, Indiana University at Bloomington, U.S.A., under the library catalog listing “Sylvia Plath Papers, Material in the Printed Collection.”
Among these books once owned by poet Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) are six books annotated in Gregg shorthand by her mother, Mrs. Aurelia Schober Plath (1906-1994). Scattered throughout these six books are a total of 30 Gregg shorthand annotations. These annotations are cataloged and transcribed in the accompanying Transcription Table.
Gregg shorthand, a language based on phonics, cannot be spoken but only written. For this reason, “translating” shorthand into common language is correctly called “transcribing” it, and the result is called a “transcription.” A “transcription” is verbatim, not an approximation. An individual shorthand symbol is called a “character.” A shorthand “character” usually represents a single word or phrase.
The document available for download is a password protected spreadsheet. For an editable version, please write directly to the author for permission.
Rankovic, Catherine, "Aurelia S. Plath’s Shorthand Annotations in Sylvia Plath’s Personal Library at the Lilly Library, Indiana University" (2019). Aurelia Plath Shorthand Transcriptions. 4.