The Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia PlathThe Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

The Journals of Sylvia Plath

bySylvia PlathForeword byTed Hughes

Paperback | May 11, 1998

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Sylvia Plath began keeping a diary as a young child. By the time she was at Smith College, when this book begins, she had settled into a nearly daily routine with her journal, which was also a sourcebook for her writing. Plath once called her journal her “Sargasso,” her repository of imagination, “a litany of dreams, directives, and imperatives,” and in fact these pages contain the germs of most of her work. Plath’s ambitions as a writer were urgent and ultimately all-consuming, requiring of her a heat, a fantastic chaos, even a violence that burned straight through her. The intensity of this struggle is rendered in her journal with an unsparing clarity, revealing both the frequent desperation of her situation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons. Written in electrifying prose, The Journals of Sylvia Plath provide unique insight, and are essential reading for all those who have been moved and fascinated by Plath’s life and work.
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 bec...
Title:The Journals of Sylvia PlathFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8 × 5.24 × 0.82 inPublished:May 11, 1998Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385493916

ISBN - 13:9780385493918


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Sylvia Plath once referred to her journals as her own private ‘Sargasso,’ a repository of her imagination and "a litany of dreams, directives and imperatives." With a foreword by Ted Hughes, Plath chronicles the intensity of her struggle against the darkness that would eventually consume her in The Journals of Sylvia Plath. Electrifying, desperate, but also remarkably courageous, this is a unique and rare insight into one of the 20th century's finest female writers.