The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath First U S PublicationA 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

First U.S PublicationA 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 twFirst U.S PublicationA 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, 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 complete 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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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  1. Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas The book s protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York The plot parallels Plath s experience interning at Mademoiselle magazine and subsequent mental breakdown and suicide attempt.Along with Anne Sexton, Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry initiated by Robert Lowell and W.D Snodgrass Despite her remarkable artistic, academic, and social success at Smith, Plath suffered from severe depression and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization She graduated from Smith with highest honours in 1955 and went on to Newnham College, Cambridge, in England, on a Fulbright fellowship Here she met and married the English poet Ted Hughes in 1956 For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College.In 1960, shortly after Plath and Hughes returned to England from America, her first collection of poems appeared as The Colossus She also gave birth to a daughter, Frieda Rebecca Hughes and Plath s son, Nicholas Farrar, was born in 1962 Plath took her own life on the morning of February 11, 1963 Leaving out bread and milk, she completely sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths Plath then placed her head in the oven while the gas was turned on.Her father was Otto Emil Plath.

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  1. The Problem of Sylvia Plath, Her Poetry, and the Necessity of Her JournalsBecause of her suicide at the age of 30, many critics have labeled her either immature or hysterical while other critics have taken it upon themselves to defend her integrity Those who have championed her work find they do so at personal cost Unfortunately, her personal life, and the circumstances surrounding her death have had an adverse effect on how she is read.Quite instinctively, one knows the implications that may be [...]

  2. I decided I was going to read this for two reasons Sylvia Plath intrigued me and I need to write better journal entries.It is sometimes hard to wrap your head around the fact that she was so young when she wrote those journals, and constantly I had to keep reminding myself She seemed extremely mature for her age I found myself only reading 20, 30 pages at a time, because her words were so full of introspection, I had to continually go back and reread passages and reflect, soul search about my ow [...]

  3. So it all moves in a pageant towards the ending, it s own ending Everywhere, imperceptibly or otherwise, things are passing, ending, going And there will be other summers, other band concerts, but never this one, never again, never as now Next year I will not be the self of this year now And that is why I laugh at the transient, the ephemeral laugh, while clutching, holding, tenderly, like a fool his toy, cracked glass, water through fingers For all the writing, for all the invention of engines [...]

  4. There were moments reading this book that I had to put it down because the feelings are so vivid you feel like an intruder There are quotes from her journal that decribe in dark detail the feelings that I am sure many women feel as they are on their own for the first time, falling in love, broken hearted, scared of failure, married, aloneLoved this book.

  5. It s astounding how much I relate to Sylvia in these journals I think all feminine beings need to read this Her entries are honest and raw revealing her sensitivities, obsessions, routines, insecuritiesMore intimate than any of her poetry books, Plath s journals offer greater insight into both her personal and literary struggles.This book is of great value to me and I m sure I will continue referring to it for many years.

  6. This is the book that introduced me to Sylvia Plath Her poetry and The Bell Jar would follow I came to appreciate her love for just writing She can make the most mundane interesting To truly have a complete picture of Sylvia Plath, The Journals are integral One of my great thrills was to visit Smith College, and meet Karen Kukil and actually pick up and read the actual journals In the Mortimer rare book room, I was also able to see the drafts of her poems written on the pink Smith College statio [...]

  7. I love people Everybody I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me My love s not impersonal yet not wholly subjective either I would like to be everyone, a cripple, a dying man, a whore, and then come back to write about my thoughts, my emotions, as that person But I am not omniscient I have to live my life, and it is the only one I ll ever have And you cannot discard your own life with objective c [...]

  8. I will not rate this book It s too hard for me to finish reading I feel like I m intruding I love memoirs, but this is not one This is a collection of raw feelings thoughts Would Sylvia Plath have published her diaries, had she survived Would she have changed them before publication

  9. The individual is an independently acting, and responsible, conscious being rather than what labels, roles, stereotypes, or preconceived notions the individual fits This is what existentialists will tell you This year I ve decided to add diaries and journals to my list of memoirs I love reading because while some prefer the philosophical observations of researched psychology, anthropology, and even social biology, I prefer examining the unalterable part of humanity that we deem the human conditi [...]

  10. it is a chilling experience to read this if you keep a journal of your own you probably understand how odd it is to imagine people around the world curling up with it them i am a self admitted voyeur so i couldn t resist this glimpse into her mind as always, ted had a say in what we and importantly, her children would know of her I destroyed the last of her journals because I did not want her children to have read it in those days I regarded forgetfulness as an essential part of survival yes, i [...]

  11. Sylvia captured her emotions and inner struggles beautifully and narrated everything with such impeccable honesty that it is hard not to like her She seems to me a very evolved person and I do feel bad that she decided to leave the world so soon This book has led me to introspect and look into myself for the emptiness and negativities that a person usually ignores I believe it is very important to understand one s true self and this journal really helps one in doing so.

  12. Sylvia Plath has been an alluring figure in both history and pop culture for decades, both because of her dark, vivid writing and because of her mysterious suicide These non fiction journals are about as close to her mind as anyone will likely ever get.

  13. This just in Sylvia Plath s journals kind of a downer.Also disorganized, vast, incredibly rich I enjoyed the early college years the most, when she s all casually fantastic writing and cycling ecstasy and alienation The later stuff is heavier with self consciousness and deeply frustrating relationships with men She s one of those people that I would be friends with and love dearly, but every year or so I would lose it and snap oh just fucking deal with it, at her.But man could she write Worth it [...]

  14. myvideo video_id 3812080 02 Beginning theme, comforting, like her first diary entries, sounds to me like it is, it is gonna be ok, it is, it is gonna be ok I love people Everybody Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for meI have to live my life, it s the only one I ll ever have 00 22 and the theme repeats, but a little stronger this time, emotional, deeper bass, deeper her love for life I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental an [...]

  15. This is a book that would probably be best read the way it was written, a page or two at a time over a period of years Roughly 700 pages at one gulp can be an overdose Plath is a good writer and a perceptive and intelligent woman, but living inside her head for very long isn t comfortable even for an observer Knowing the ending in advance, of course, gives the reader an edge on Plath and adds an unintended layer of irony to many entries and an involuntary little shiver to comments like I desire [...]

  16. I feel like an intruder reading this.Incredibly vast and intricate, even her ordinary accounts of days are almost as eloquent and forceful as her poetry.

  17. A real pot boiler Certainly, this is a dense collection insofar as it is highly evocative of a time, a place, a woman in crisis her emotions, thoughts, conflicts roar off the page into a reader s heart Anyone curious about Sylvia Plath as not only a poet, but a woman of the 50s, and perhaps as a feminist icon or a psychological study will be sorely mistaken not to delve into this collection Plath was a phenomenal woman of the past mid century, and such a loss to the literary world Her journals r [...]

  18. Reading this changed the way I think I know and understand that Plath has been over romanticized since her tragic death, but these journals are the undeniable evidence of her poetic genius Plath found beauty in everything, and her descriptions of internal and external experiences are absolutely stunning.I highly recommend this to anyone interested in Plath, poetry, mental illness, women writers, etc.

  19. In this new edition of Sylvia Plath s Journals, edited by Karen V Kukil, the Associate Curator of Special Collections at Smith College, an exact and complete transcription of the journals kept by Sylvia Plath during the last twelve years of her life has been included, and there are no omissions, deletions or corrections of Plath s words in this edition Her journals, says Kukil, are characterized by the vigorous immediacy with which she records her inner thoughts and feelings and the intricacies [...]

  20. Sylvia Plath s journals are an eye opening education It s a remarkable insight into a brilliant, unique mind Her writing encourages me Her doubts, her fears, the things that made her vulnerable and scared or soft and happy She was intelligent and sophisticated and ahead of her years Her mind was so complex and and yet had so much depth I can say I m haunted by the things she wrote and how relatable they are It s an absolute must read for anyone.

  21. I can t remember where I read it but I recall someone mentioning how worrying it was to relate so much to someone who s life ended so tragically or as they so bluntly put it someone who stuck her head in an oven That stuck with me as my interest in Plath and my knowledge of her and her work grows and especially now that I ve read her diaries The amount of identifying I did with Plath in her diaries early on was of some distress to me She took feelings, vaguely formed thoughts that had been of so [...]

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