The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940-1956
A major literary event: the first volume in the definitive, complete collection of the letters of Sylvia Plath—most never before seen.
One of the most beloved poets of the modern age, Sylvia Plath continues to inspire and fascinate the literary world. While her renown as one of the twentieth century’s most influential poets is beyond dispute, Plath was also one of its most...more
Let Them Be: "Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1: 1940-1956" by Sylvia Plath
“My biggest trouble is that people look at me and think that no serious trouble has ever troubled my little head. They seldom realize the chaos that seethes behind my exterior. As for the who Am I, what am I angle...that will preoccupy me till the day I die.”
In "Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1: 1940-1956" by Sylvia Plath
Prior to the publication of the second v ...more
What a journey. Sylvia, I'll miss you, and am much looking forward to the release of the second volume of your letters. You've helped me go through 2016 and 2017, as your work and the way you saw life and described it has had the power to change me & the way I look at things. You're an inspiration, and I can't even grasp half of the things reading you has brought me.
-- I can only recommend to anyone interested in Sylv ...more
Last night I read a long involved Jean Stafford story in the New Yorker, and had one of my apocalyptic visions: someday I will be a rather damn good woman writer. Suddenly, I feel this queer sense that, in time, I can surpass her; and even Eudora. If I live "in-myself" this way, all the quirks and queer musings in my head can bear fruit, without being blurred and blunted by constant prosaic contacts with exterior people; this year will set me deeper than ever in the dark secret well of my own...more
Sylvia Plath's renown as one of the twentieth century's most influential poets is beyond dispute, but she was also one of its most captivating correspondents. This radio selection, is abridged by Caitlin Crawford from the remarkable, collected edition of Plath's letters published last week. Edited by Peter K Steinberg and Karen Kukil , it is a work of immense scholarship and care, presenting a comprehensive and historically accurate text of the known and extan ...more
Book Review: The Letters of Sylvia Plath is a chunker, a monster, a brick, a beast, massive ... literally a "tome." Sylvia Plath, in those pre-Twitter and texting days, wrote a lot of letters (future generations will not have the pleasure of reading letters collections). More than 1,390 letters. You've already read some of this b ...more
If you have ever wanted to get to know Sylvia beyond the stereotype of "depressed female writer who committed suicide," this collection is really the best place to start. I think her real self truly comes through in the letters to her mother, Aurelia Schober Plath. My favourite running theme f ...more
What a gift. I loved living in this book for the several months it took (on and off) to read it. A friend and professor of mine talks about how Sylvia worked “harder than anyone” to become a writer, and she’s right, and it’s evident in these pages. I felt a little envious, reading it, wishing I could transport readers to my world the way SP ...more
It was my goal to finish the first volume of Sylvia Plath's letters during Women's History Month. And I succeeded -- despite, taking me over five months. I felt sort of strange, almost like an int ...more
My next task is to re-read Ted Hug ...more
I just cannot begin to describe the gravity, the magnanimous encompassing beauty in feeling the intimacy of these correspondences, intimate in different ways than her poetry; how she thinks of her mother as her very closest confidante (in this volume at least) is endearing and most convenient for the reader...and then once she marries Ted, the painful foreboding of her blinding love for him crushes me, cru ...more
Plath’s powerful imaginatio ...more
This is a truly immersive read that takes a great deal of concentration and which serves to demonstrate the many faces of the young Sylvia Plath. I look forward to continuing the journey with her.....next year!
Being a fan of Sylvia Plath I found her letters to her mother to be especially enlightening toward her characteristic role as a student and aspiring writer. ...more
I was fascinated with Sylvia Plath when I was 18 - I guess because of Letters Home, the book in which her mother published her heavily ...more
Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The book's protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York. The plot paralle ...more