×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit
     

The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit

by Sylvia Plath, Rotraut Susanne Berner (Illustrator)
 

See All Formats & Editions

Rediscovered thirty-three years after Sylvia Plath's death, The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit is a delightful fable featuring the adventures of little Max Nix.

Overview

Rediscovered thirty-three years after Sylvia Plath's death, The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit is a delightful fable featuring the adventures of little Max Nix.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Plath (1932-1963) produced at least two upbeat manuscripts for children The Bed Book (Harper & Row, 1976) and this never-before-published tale but she evidently poured her real passion into pessimism. She musters only bland hopefulness in this story of Max Nix, who covets a "woolly whiskery brand-new mustard-yellow suit" that arrives at his home in a mysterious brown box. Max's father and his six older brothers, in descending order, reject the dandelion-gold garment after extended trial periods. Finally Mrs. Nix alters it to fit her youngest son. Max, delighted, finds that "it doesn't matter" whether he wears this ideal suit in the snow, the rain or the barn because the wool keeps him warm, dry and clean. (Max's name, in fact, plays on "es macht nichts," or "it doesn't matter.") Plath could have made do with fewer Nix kids, for her repetition becomes tedious. Nevertheless, the poet offers some clever phrases: the dogs and cats follow Max, "purring and grrring with admiration" at his attire. Berner's Euro-flavored cartoons, styled to match the story's Bavarian setting, recall the imagery of Olof and Lena Landstrom's similarly sweet-if-insubstantial "Will" books. Painting in rich primary and secondary colors against white negative space, she envisions the Nix boys as ruddy-cheeked Alpine types wearing overalls, milking cows and skiing. Doubtless Plath's name spurred this book's publication, but Berner's lively visual treatment is its strongest suit. All ages. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312141899
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.09(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author

One of the most influential poets, novelists, and short story writers of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was credited with advancing "confessional poetry." Her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar was published shortly before her suicide. In 1982, she won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. Plath married the poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they had two children. They separated in 1962, shortly before her death.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 27, 1932
Date of Death:
February 11, 1963
Place of Birth:
Boston, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
B.A., Smith College, 1955; Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews