The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath & Karen V. Kukil

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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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About Sylvia Plath & Karen V. Kukil

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Karen V. Kukil is assistant curator of rare books at Smith College, with particular responsibility for supervising scholarly use of the Sylvia Plath Collection.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 770 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Courageous, honest, painful, yearning, and occasionally even funny, the unexpurgated diaries and journals of poet and novelist Plath show a woman struggling to develop her talent against the social constraints of her day.

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This book constitutes a literary event. Over 400 pages of never-before-published personal writings make this first comprehensive volume of Plath's journals and notes from 1950 to 1962 indispensable re

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(There is, for example, surprisingly little on Plath's sudden marriage to Hughes.) Strong print media attention focusing on new revelations will drive early sales of this important work, and it should become a staple backlist title.

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Entertainment Weekly

''It's hopeless to 'get life' if you don't keep notebooks,'' wrote a 25-year-old Sylvia Plath, already feeling her childhood memories and early success slipping away.

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Austin Chronicle

Several years after their return to the States, Plath and Hughes settled in Boston, where Plath resumed analysis with Dr. Ruth Tiffany-Barnhouse, her shrink from her previous breakdown.

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