An abridged version of the Journals was first published in 1982, edited by Plath's husband, Ted Hughes. Now, for the first time, we have the complete journals, with all the material that had been suppressed by Hughes and by Plath's mother, Aurelia Plath, restored. What emerges is a more complete picture of the troubled poet, and especially a clearer view of the resentments she felt toward her husband and her mother. In addition, the inclusion of descriptions of her father -- a major presence in the Ariel poems -- and her parents' marriage, and of many sketches and ideas for stories and poems provide the reader with insight into the connections between Plath's life and her work.
|:||Kukil, Karen V.|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2000|
|Number of Pages:||732|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.0 x 8.0 x 1.6|
Sylvia Plath's best poetry was produced, tragically, as she pondered self-destruction---in her poems as well as her life---and she eventually committed suicide. She had an extraordinary impact on British as well as American poetry in the few years before her death, and affected many poets, particularly women, in the generation after. She is a confessional poet, influenced by the approach of Robert Lowell. Born in Boston, a graduate of Smith College, Plath attended Newnham College, Cambridge University, on a Fulbright Fellowship and married the British poet Ted Hughes.
Of her first collection, The Colossus and Other Poems (1962), the Times Literary Supplement remarked, "Plath writes from phrase to phrase as well as with an eye on the larger architecture of the poem; each line, each sentence is put together with a good deal of care for the springy rhythm, the arresting image and---most of all, perhaps---the unusual word". Plath's second book of poetry, Ariel, written in 1962 in a last fever of passionate creative activity, was published posthumously in 1965 and explores dimensions of women's anger and sexuality in groundbreaking new ways.
Plath's struggles with women's issues, in the days before the second wave of American feminism, became legendary in the 1970's, when a new generation of women readers and writers turned to her life as well as her work to understand the contradictory pressures of ambitious and talented women in the 1950's. The Bell Jar---first published under a pseudonym in 1963 and later issued under Plath's own name in England in 1966---is an autobiographical novel describing an ambitious young woman's efforts to become a "real New York writer" only to sink into mental illness and despair at her inability to operate within the narrow confines of traditional feminine expectations. Plath was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982. In recent years, there have been a number of biographies and critical evaluations of Plath's work.
|List of Illustrations|
|The Journals of Sylvia Plath|
|Journal July 1950 - July 1953|
|Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (first year)|
|Wellesley and Swampscott, Massachusetts (summer 1951)|
|Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (sophomore)|
|Wellesley and Cape Cod, Massachusetts (summer 1952)|
|Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (junior)|
|Wellesley, Massachusetts (summer 1953)|
|Journal 22 November 1955 - 18 April 1956|
|Newnham College, Cambridge, England|
|Journal 15 July 1956|
|Benidorm, Spain (honeymoon)|
|Journal 22 July 1956 - 26 August 1956|
|'Sketchbook of a Spanish Summer'|
|Journal 3 January 1957 - 11 March 1957|
|'Fish and Chip Shop'|
|Journal 15 July 1957 - 21 August 1957|
|Cape Cod, Massachusetts|
|Journal 28 August 1957 - 14 October 1958|
|Journal 12 December 1958 - 15 November 1959|
|Boston, Massachusetts (therapy notes)|
|Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York|
|Journal Fragment 17-19 October 1951, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts|
|Back to School Commandments|
|Journal Fragments 24 March 1953 - 9 Arpril 1953|
|Journal Fragment 19 June 1953, Mademoiselle, New York, New York|
|Letter June - July 1953, Wellesley, Massachusetts|
|Journal Fragment 31 December 1955 - 1 January 1956, Nice, France (winter vacation)|
|Journal 26 March 1956 - 5 April 1956, Paris, France (spring vacation)|
|Journal Fragment 1 April 1956|
|Journal Fragment 16 April 1956|
|Journal 26 June 1956 - 6 March 1961|
|'The Inmate', London, England, 1961|
|Journal June 1957 - June 1960|
|Letter 1 October 1957|
|Journal Fragment 5 November 1957|
|Journal 1962, North Tawton, Devonshire, England|
Plath's admirers should prepare themselves for another dose of her bitter medicine: Anchor Books has announced the U.S. publication of her "complete, uncensored journals". (This unabridged edition appeared first in England.) Judiciously and unobtrusively edited by curator Kukil, who oversees the Plath Collection at Smith College, the text includes the portions suppressed by Plath's husband, the poet Ted Hughes, now deceased, when he authorized an earlier American edition. About two-thirds of the writings, which cover the last years of Plath's fevered life, have not been available to the public previously.
All of the difficulties and contradictions that made Plath a literary icon are contained in these intense, confessional revelations, including her anger, egotism, frustrations, self-destructiveness, and passionate need to express herself. Certain to generate dozens of new academic papers, this is essential for anyone engaged in Plath studies. DCarol A. McAllister, Coll. of William & Mary Lib., Williamsburg, VA
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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.
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