Sylvia Plath Reads

Sylvia Plath Reads

by Sylvia Plath
     
 

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Sylvia Plath reads from her works: On the Decline of Oracles, The Goring, Ouija and Sculptor.

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Sylvia Plath reads from her works: On the Decline of Oracles, The Goring, Ouija and Sculptor.

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Library Journal
Despite a plethora of audiobooks with Plath reading from her own poetry, this one seems unique in that none of her standards are here. These are the poems, for the most part, written between The Colossus (Plath's first poetry book) and the posthumously published Ariel. She reads rapidly yet clearly, without bothering with titles, her voice throbbing, seeming to build up anger as she goes along. Its excellence notwithstanding, this is not a good introduction to Plath's work, so it is recommended only for libraries that already have her other audiobooks. The reading by Hughes is precisely the opposite--accessible to everyone, even if it doesn't showcase the writer's best works. Interweaving poems with memories of growing up in a small Midwestern town, of Harlem in the 1930s, or of the influence jazz had on his poetry, he illuminates the experience of African American life. Playfulness becomes a stand-in for anger as he looks back at being elected class poet because he "had rhythm" or working on the college newspaper and being assigned to cover fraternity and sorority life (which of course denied access to blacks). The tape would disappoint if it stopped here, but, as if anticipating contemporary needs, he closes with some acidic pieces on racial prejudice that validate both his experiences and those of the listeners; he died in 1967. Highly recommended.--Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694522460
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Plath (1932-63) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright fellowship, 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. Other posthumous publications include Ariel, her landmark publication, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and The Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962.

Sylvia Plath (1932-63) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright fellowship, 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. Other posthumous publications include Ariel, her landmark publication, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and The Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962.

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

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