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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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Anchor Books

We gave it an A-

”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. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath comprises all of Plath’s adult notebooks, save one that’s lost and one that was destroyed by her husband, poet Ted Hughes, and they are fascinating reading. The seeds of Plath’s acclaimed poems and less-known prose are sown here, and Journals reveals her as a canny careerist writer. Also compelling are scenes from everyday life, such as her horrible blind dates, kitchen experimentation, and experience auditing Robert Lowell’s poetry seminar at Boston University. Through the journals, Plath — who committed suicide in 1963 — becomes a real person, much more than the poster child for tortured women poets. A-