The Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Journals of Sylvia Plath

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The Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

No other major contemporary American writer has inspired such intense curiosity about her life as Sylvia Plath. Now the intimate and eloquent personal diaries of the twentieth century's most important female poet reveal for the first time the true story behind "The Bell Jar" and her tragic suicide at thirty. They paint, as well, a revealing portrait of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose stature has seldom been equalled.
"A revelation." The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345351685
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/12/1987
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.83(h) x 0.93(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.

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1932

Date of Death:

February 11, 1963

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

London, England


B.A., Smith College, 1955; Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University

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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