The Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Journals of Sylvia Plath

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by Sylvia Plath
     
 

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Sylvia Plath began keeping a diary as a young child. By the time she was at Smith College, when this book begins, she had settled into a nearly daily routine with her journal, which was also a sourcebook for her writing. Plath once called her journal her “Sargasso,” her repository of imagination, “a litany of dreams, directives, and

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Sylvia Plath began keeping a diary as a young child. By the time she was at Smith College, when this book begins, she had settled into a nearly daily routine with her journal, which was also a sourcebook for her writing. Plath once called her journal her “Sargasso,” her repository of imagination, “a litany of dreams, directives, and imperatives,” and in fact these pages contain the germs of most of her work. Plath’s ambitions as a writer were urgent and ultimately all-consuming, requiring of her a heat, a fantastic chaos, even a violence that burned straight through her. The intensity of this struggle is rendered in her journal with an unsparing clarity, revealing both the frequent desperation of her situation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons. Written in electrifying prose, The Journals of Sylvia Plath provide unique insight, and are essential reading for all those who have been moved and fascinated by Plath’s life and work.

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"A revelation."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307830395
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/16/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
848,708
File size:
3 MB

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Journals of Sylvia Plath 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally thought that this book told how her life was and the struggles that hse went through. Her life was tough and the way that these journal entries told her life very well. This book shows the pain and the love that this women gave and recived. From the life of living on a farm to being an aclamied writer and poet and living in London this women did alot. When her life was taken by herself her lifes legacy lived on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These journals show the transition of an amateur writer to a professional. Sylvia Plath is a beautiful writer who conveys all the emotions of every talented girl. I love this book, it is my bible. I can open it up and find a passage that soothes my tensions. The only part that infuriates me, is that Ted Hughes burned all her diaries during the last part of their marriage, after the discovery of his infidelity. Obviously he wanted to salvage his reputation, but he stupidly destroyed her writing and deprived Sylvia's readers. Asside from that, I highly recommend this book if you have any interests in literature.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have recently bought the book and started reading it and couldn't put it down. It is so heart touching and honest. And I find I have something so in common with a wonderful writer from 30 years past makes me feel OK. I am a writer and poet and making my way in the literary field and it is tough, and although Sylvia Plath had passed on many years earlier i can relate to all the feelings she bestowed on paper