In 1953, when she was an undergraduate student at Smith College, Sylvia Plath won a competition to become a guest editor for the American magazine Mademoiselle, a publication advertised as ‘the magazine for smart young women’. Plath spent the month of June at the New York offices of Mademoiselle in Madison Avenue, an experience that she later fictionalised in The Bell Jar.

Mademoiselle published Plath’s poem ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ in their August 1953 issue, alongside the work of one of her fellow guest editors, Sarah Bolster. The issue also contained other pieces written by Plath during her time at the magazine, including an interview with Elizabeth Bowen.