The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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A major literary event—the complete, uncensored journals of Sylvia Plath, published in their entirety for the first time.

Sylvia Plath's journals were originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath's husband, Ted Hughes. This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never before been made public, more fully revealing the intensity of the poet's personal and literary struggles, and providing fresh insight into both her frequent desperation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath is essential reading for all who have been moved and fascinated by Plath's life and work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494537890
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 5.50(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts.  She began publishing poems and stories at a young age and by the time she entered Smith College had won several poetry prizes.  She was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambridge, England, and married British poet Ted Hughes in London in 1956.  The young couple moved to the States, where Plath became an instructor at Smith College.  Later, they moved back to England, where Plath continued writing poetry and wrote her novel, The Bell Jar, which was first published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in England in 1963.  On February 11, 1963, Plath committed suicide.  Her Collected Poems, published posthumously in 1981, won the Pulitzer Prize. 

Karen V. Kukil is Associate Curator of Rare Books at Smith College, with particular responsibility for superervising scholarly use of the Sylvia Plath Collection.

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

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good thing about journals is that after you've read them you can dip in again at any page and get caught up in that day's events, action, dilemmas, reflections; once you become more familiar with the contents you can return to your favourite passages for pleasure. It's almost like having a best friend on your bookshelf. The biggest barrier to anyone contemplating writing down their innermost thoughts is crossing that line of inhibition and saying what you really feel about the most intimate of things, without censoring yourself (with the fear of friends or family possibly reading it) or for feeling stupid or embarrassed about opening up on the page and seeing your thoughts in print. Not many people could write a journal account of their life as honestly as Sylvia Plath. It amazes me how disciplined - and with so much devotion - she was able to 'jot down' day after day the beautifully written, perfect prose in her journals; and from such an early age as well, eighteen (she actually started keeping journals in childhood but this edition covers only her adult life). In her own unmistakable voice we see 'Syvie' as the young, naive teenager on the threshold of life, dreaming of the romantic love affairs she longs for; the excited college student working on a New York magazine, an experience she later used for her only novel The Bell Jar; trips to Paris and her honeymoon in Spain; married life with Ted Hughes, the mother of his two children; and all the time living in the shadow of the black depression that would descend on her without any warning. With Sylvia Plath's tragic suicide you can't help but think: what a waste of life, what a wasted talent. Perhaps it was because she knew her own psyche best - she was constantly trying to figure out her feelings on the page - that she was in such a hurry to get everything down before the inevitable happened. Maybe she just burned herself out too soon. The final flurry of stunningly original poems that would later become the posthumous collection Ariel are testament to the short life she was able to pack into the pages of her hefty Journals. The only thing that spoils this otherwise marvellous new edition of the Journals is editor Karen V. Kukil's decision to list the notes of identification of people and places at the back of the book instead of footnotes on the bottom of the pages; it's irritating and bothersome to have to continually flick back and forth and use two different bookmarks to keep your place. Two other books can be read in conjunction with the Journals, and I recommend them both. Sylvia Plath's Letters Home - written mainly to her mother Aurelia Plath, who edited this volume and also provides biographical content about her daughter's life in a lengthy introduction and accompanying side-notes to letters when needed for clarification. Birthday Letters is a beautiful collection of poems by Ted Hughes, written as letters of reminiscence about his life with Sylvia Plath in reply to her account of their marriage in the Journals.
Elijah_Joon More than 1 year ago
Very comforting to read. Also, a storehouse of information for Plath scholars while being accessible and engaging.
sadiebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
beautifully written. i wish my diaries were so deep and philosophical....although on the other hand, maybe im glad they have their bright nonsensical moments.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This stunning collection is truly a must for anyone who has read and loved Plath's poetry. For those of us who have absorbed the final product, these journals illuminating Plath's struggles toward literary achievement offer an entirely new dimension to her work. Sort of a 'behind the scenes look'- a poet's craft begins in the mind and that is what unfolds in these pages. They are heartbreaking too, for we know as we read that this talented person didn't think she was good enough for this world. And she very often did not think her poems were too, but we are here today to know that she was wrong.