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Gary ’s review of The Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962
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Jun 23, 2012 05:54AM
I really enjoyed the link to the photos. I too feel that the Journals bring us closer to who she really was. I am not quite finished but I am enjoying each page. However, knowing the ending, I find myself wishing it was a work of fiction.
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Jun 23, 2012 07:21AM
hi kellen - I know just how you feel. I wish I could have "saved" her. yet depression is a horrible disease, not something you can just pop out of. first hand knowledge talking here.
a. Alvarez , a friend of Sylvia's , wrote a very good book about suicide
called 'the savage god' . the forward of that book gives a first hand account of the time leading up to Sylvia's death.
with what was going on in her life at that time, the outcome is not surprising. she was a very strong lady, that she wrote her most powerful poems during this period makes me stand in awe.
here is the piece by a Alvarez:
a alvarez's piece is on page 1 chapter 1.
all the best
Jun 23, 2012 06:33PM
I appreciate you sharing that information. My life has been touched with depression as well, and the lives of my family, maybe that is why I enjoy her work so much. I could read her discription of somethnig as simple as taking a shower and be blown away.
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Jun 24, 2012 09:28AM
haha, exactly. that is why I love her journals so much. she could be writing about something inane, and still it would be wondrous.
her book 'Letters Home' is also a great read, because it is her writing.
you can get a first edition hardcover for about 6.50 +3.99 s&h. this is less than a paper back. but that's just my preference, I like hard cover first editions.;)
here is a link for it
iI think on the second page you start to see the "very good" copies.
I would not go below very good for condition.
well I've really bent your ear there. haha
not hard to do with two of my favorite topics.
have a nice afternoon,
Dec 14, 2013 03:38PM
I'm deducing from your review that you read the journals before her published work... Is that something you would recommend? I read some of her poetry back in high school, but never The Bell Jar. I'm trying to decide if I should read those first, or her journals.
Dec 15, 2013 05:45AM
hi Melissa - I read it somewhat concurrently with her Collected Poems
I would also read her poems as they fell onto the timeline of The Journals.
those two books were a pair. I did not read The Bell Jar till after.
for me it worked well, and I feel I had a better understanding of Sylvia.
I especially stayed away from the multitude of "bio's", until I had read Sylvia's work.
as I mentioned above, her letters home are very good.
I'm sure you will enjoy getting into Plath whatever path you take.
all the best.
Dec 15, 2013 07:44AM
Dec 15, 2013 08:26AM
Jan 06, 2016 10:08PM
Sylvia Plath seems to be the subject of much discussion on this site and there exists a marked disparity (at least, amongst those I follow) between ratings of her work and opinions concerning her posthumous glorification as an iconic figure. I agree, going straight to the source would be a preferable way to reach one's own conclusion. Gary, nice review (and thanks for the add!)
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