The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath –


Goodreads Synopsis: 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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“I love people too much or not at all.”

Wow, this was quite a book to get through.

At 732 pages, the Journals of Syliva Plath take you into the mind of a genius, a woman, and a poet. I was so moved to be able to read her journals, though at times it did feel a little strange to reading something so personal.

So many people have different opinions on Sylvia Plath, some people think she’s brilliant, other’s immature, etc etc.  Me, I just found myself reading about the life of a woman struggling to find her place in the world. To me, it was really hopeful, reading her diaries. Reading the honesty, the depression, the ups and downs that come with trying to be a published writer. The honesty about her marriage, the ups and downs that come with that.  The journals made Plath a real person to me.  She’s not just the best woman poet of the century, she’s not some mythical creature.  She was a woman who loved to write, who loved people, who loved places. She was real.

There’s so much controversy around Plath’s death, and I doubt anything I say could add to this discussion.  So I feel it’s best that I don’t say much, only that in becoming real to me, her death also became real.  Reading her journals made me feel more for her.

The Journals of Sylvia Plath were very inspiring to me.  The encouraged me not to give up on my writing. They encouraged me in my own relationship with a fellow writer. Life gets hard sometimes, of this Plath never hides from, and neither should I.

I gave this book 4.5 stars on Goodreads.

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