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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath : Transcripts from the Original Manuscripts at Smith College - Sylvia Plath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Transcripts from the Original Manuscripts at Smith College

By: Sylvia Plath, Karen V Kukil (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9780385720250
Number Of Pages: 768

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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.

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From reviews of the British edition: "A literary event...The book has a raw immediacy that will only add to Plath's iconic reputation." -Harpers & Queens

"The journals are cause for celebration...Given the intensity and rawness of their writing, at moments it feels like walking straight into someone else's dream."-Jacqueline Rose

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A literary treasure.


If you have ever been interested in the inner most thoughts of a truly inimitable artisan; than these journals are a start to undressing Sylvia Plath's beauty and richly hued talent with words. It was pure joy to be able to rest within her thoughts and read over and over again her mellifluous way with words. The best thing is that Plath still remains an enigma even after finishing the book- the way it should be. Just when you think you may have caught her; she leaves you behind with a seemingly simple sentence, smudged with deeper ache.



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ISBN: 9780385720250
ISBN-10: 0385720254
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 4.06
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Type: Abridged

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Sylvia Plath

About the Author

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes.

She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus(1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963). Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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