The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


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The complete, uncensored journals of Sylvia Plath—essential reading for anyone who has been moved and fascinated by the poet's life and work.

"A genuine literary event.... Plath's journals contain marvels of discovery." The New York Times Book Review 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385720250
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2000
Edition description: ABR
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 13,192
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.94(h) x 1.59(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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


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

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Publisher's Notexi
The Journals of Sylvia Plath
Journal July 1950 - July 19533
Wellesley, Massachusetts8
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (first year)23
Wellesley & Swampscott, Massachusetts (summer 1951)62
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (sophomore)97
Wellesley & Cape Cod, Massachusetts (summer 1952)108
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (junior)149
Wellesley, Massachusetts (summer 1953)185
Journal 22 November 1955 - 18 April 1956189
Newnham College, Cambridge, England191
Journal 15 July 1956237
Benidorm, Spain (honeymoon)239
Journal 22 July 1956 - 26 August 1956245
Benidorm, Spain247
'Sketchbook of a Spanish Summer'261
Journal 3 January 1957 - 11 March 1957265
Cambridge, England267
'Fish and Chip Shop'276
Journal 15 July 1957 - 21 August 1957281
Cape Cod, Massachusetts283
Journal 28 August 1957 - 14 October 1958299
Northampton, Massachusetts301
Boston, Massachusetts417
Journal 12 December 1958 - 15 November 1959427
Boston, Massachusetts (therapy notes)429
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York501
1Journal Fragment 17-19 October 1951, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts533
2Back to School Commandments538
3Journal Fragments 24 March 1953 - 9 Arpril 1953539
4Journal Fragment 19 June 1953, Mademoiselle, New York, New York541
5Letter June - July 1953, Wellesley, Massachusetts543
6Journal Fragment 31 December 1955 - 1 January 1956, Nice, France (winter vacation)547
7Journal 26 March 1956 - 5 April 1956, Paris, France (spring vacation)552
8Journal Fragment 1 April 1956569
9Journal Fragment 16 April 1956570
10Journal 26 June 1956 - 6 March 1961571
'The Inmate', London, England, 1961599
11Journal June 1957 - June 1960609
12Letter 1 October 1957618
13Journal Fragment 5 November 1957622
14Hospital Notes624
15Journal 1962, North Tawton, Devonshire, England630
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