The Journals of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes

The Journals of Sylvia Plath
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The Journals of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes

The electrifying diaries that are essential reading for anyone moved and fascinated by the life and work of one of America’s most acclaimed poets. 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.

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