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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962

Plath, Sylvia (Book - 2000)
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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962
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First U.S. Publication A 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, 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. The complete Journals of Sylvia Plath is essential reading for all who have been moved and fascinated by Plath's life and work.
Authors: Plath, Sylvia
Title: The unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2000
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: x, 732 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Karen V. Kukil
Notes: Originally published: Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. London : Faber and Faber, 2000
"Transcribed from the original manuscripts at Smith College."
Additional Contributors: Kukil, Karen V.
ISBN: 0385720254
Branch Call Number: B-P716u 2000
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Poets, American 20th century Diaries Plath, Sylvia Diaries
Topical Term: Poets, American
LCCN: 00042024
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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 diar... Read More »


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Jun 20, 2012
  • cmwallsm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Without a doubt, Plath is one of the best American writers of the 20th century. I haven't had the chance to read this cover to cover but I hope to do so in the future. Memorable.

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Apr 01, 2012
  • penpencil22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

With me, the present is forever, and forever is always shifting, flowing, melting. This second is life. And when it is gone, it is dead. But you can't start over with each new second. You have to judge by what is dead. It's like quicksand... hopeless from the start. A story, a picture, can renew sensation a little, but not enough, not enough. Nothing is real except the present, and already, I feel the weight of centuries smothering me. Some girl a hundred years ago once lived as I do. And she is dead. I am the present, but I know I, too, will pass. The high moment, the burning flash, come and are gone, continuous quicksand. And I don't want to die.

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