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Sylvia Plath

Twentieth-Century Poets

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Name Value
Date of Issue April 21, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 2,000,000
First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.23 mm
Series Twentieth-Century Poets
Series Time Span 2012
Issue Location Los Angeles, CA 90052
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (10 Designs)

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Dimension: 5.55 x 6.30 in./140.97 x 160.02 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by six (6) single digits
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About Stamp

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) probed the conflict between self and outward appearance. Her complex body of work includes deftly imagined poems about marriage and motherhood, gender and power, death and resurrection, and the sweet, enjoyable moments of everyday life.

About Stamp Series

On April 21, 2012, in Los Angeles, California, the Postal Service™ will issue a Twentieth-Century Poets (Forever® priced at 45 cents) commemorative stamp, in ten designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 21, 2012.

The number of books published each year in America has been steadily increasing, and poetry is more popular than ever. The ten great writers honored on theTwentieth-Century Poets stamp pane, including several who served as United States Poet Laureate, surely deserve part of the credit. The many awards won by this illustrious group — Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams — include numerous Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and honorary degrees.

Art director and stamp designer Derry Noyes selected the photographs used in the stamp art. The photograph of Elizabeth Bishop was taken in Key West, Florida, by Josef Breitenbach. The photograph of Joseph Brodsky was taken in New York City by Nancy Crampton. The photograph of Gwendolyn Brooks was taken in Chicago in 1987 by Jon Randolph.

The photograph of E. E. Cummings was taken in 1935 by Edward Weston. The photograph of Robert Hayden was taken around 1975 by Timothy D. Franklin. The photograph of Denise Levertov was taken by Rollie McKenna. The photograph of Sylvia Plath was also taken by Rollie McKenna.

The photograph of Theodore Roethke was taken in London, England. The photograph of Wallace Stevens was taken by Sylvia Salmi. The photograph of William Carlos Williams was taken in the 1940s.

The pane’s verso includes an excerpt from one poem by each of the poets featured on the pane.

These stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.


Black, PMS 369 (Green), PMS 542 (Blue), PMS 253 (Red), PMS 266 (Purple), PMS 7417 (Orange) Border Only: PMS 535 (Blue), No Plate Number


Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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