The Journals of Sylvia Plath

The Journals of Sylvia Plath

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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Beginning with her freshman year at Smith, these journals reveal Sylvia Plath's unrelenting ambition to be a great writer, her recurrent struggles with her inner conflicts, and her feelings about herself and those closest to her.

Publisher: Dial, c1982
ISBN: 9780385272230
0385272235
Branch Call Number: 920PLA
Characteristics: xiii, 370 p. :bill. ; 24 cm.

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