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Best Sylvia Plath Books to Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Sylvia Plath books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Collected Poems (P.S.) (2018)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadA new edition of Sylvia Plath’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Poems, edited and with an introduction by Ted Hughes…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

2. The Bell Jar (Modern Classics) (2005)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadThe Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under — maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

3. Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath’s Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement (P.S.) (Modern Classics) (2005)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadSylvia Plath’s famous collection, as she intended it. When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel. When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn’t the draft Sylvia had wanted her readers to see. This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, Plath’s original manuscript – including handwritten notes – and her own selection and arrangement of poems. This edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of her poem “Ariel,”…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

4. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (2000)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadA 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…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath, Karen V. Kukil

5. The Colossus and Other Poems (1998)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadWith this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper’s Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of life and the chilly hunger for death. Graceful in their craftsmanship, wonderfully original in their imagery, and presenting layer after layer of meaning, the forty poems in are…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

6. The Bell Jar (1975)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadA vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment working for big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, The Bell Jar is more than a confessional novel, it is an honest and painful statement of what happens to a woman's aspirations in a society that refuses to take them seriously… A society that expects electroshock to cure the despair of a sensitive, questioning young artist whose search for identity becomes a terrifying descent toward madness….
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

7. Ariel by Sylvia Plath (1968-01-01) ()

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadPaperback Publisher: Faber & Faber; edition (1968-01-01) (1800) ASIN: B0182Q1QEW Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1800

8. Winter Trees (Faber Poetry) (2017)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadThe poems in Winter Trees were written in the last nine months of Sylvia Plath’s life, and form part of the group from which the Ariel poems were chosen. They reveal the poet at the height of her creative powers, exhibiting the startling imagery and dramatic play for which she became known. Published posthumously in 1971, this valuable collection finds its place alongside The Colossus and Ariel in the oeuvre of a singular talent.‘Nearly all the poems here have the familiar Plath daring, the same feel of bits of frightened, vibrant, indignant consciousness translated instantly into words and images that…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

9. Crossing the Water (1980)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadCrossing the Water is a 1971 posthumous collection of poetry by Sylvia Plath that was prepared for publication by Ted Hughes. These poems were written at the same time as those that appear in Ariel. Crossing the Water continues to push the envelope between dark and light, between our deep passions and desires that are often in tension with our duty to family and society. Water becomes a metaphor for the surface veneer that many of us carry, but Plath explores how easily this surface can be shaken and disturbed….
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

10. Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom: A Story (2019)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadNever before published, this newly discovered story by literary legend Sylvia Plath stands on its own and is remarkable for its symbolic, allegorical approach to a young woman’s rebellion against convention and forceful taking control of her own life. Written while Sylvia Plath was a student at Smith College in 1952, Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom tells the story of a young woman’s fateful train journey.Lips the color of blood, the sun an unprecedented orange, train wheels that sound like “guilt, and guilt, and guilt”: these are…
Author(s): Sylvia Plath

11. Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 (P.S.) (2014)

Best Sylvia Plath Books to ReadPain, Parties, Work by Elizabeth Winder is a compelling look at a young Sylvia Plath and the life-changing month that would lay the groundwork for her seminal novel, The Bell Jar.In May of 1953, a twenty-one-year-old Plath arrived in New York City, the guest editor of Mademoiselle’s annual College Issue. She lived at the Barbizon Hotel, attended the ballet, went to a Yankee game, and danced at the West Side Tennis Club. She was supposed to be having the time of her life. But what would follow was, in Plath’s words, twenty-six days of pain,…
Author(s): Elizabeth Winder

Best Sylvia Plath Books to Read

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Mary Ventura and The Ninth Kingdom

Author(s): Sylvia Plath
Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2387165

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953

Author(s): Elizabeth Winder
Publisher: Harper, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1059185

With Robert Lowell and his circle : Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, and others

Author(s): Spivack, Kathleen; Spivack, Kathleen
Publisher: Northeastern University Press, Year: 2012, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1434991

Representing Sylvia Plath

Author(s): Sally Bayley and Tracy Brain (Editors)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2011, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 812624

The Bell Jar

Author(s): Sylvia Plath, Janet McCann
Publisher: Salem Press, Year: 2011, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1318244

The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Author(s): Malcolm, Janet
Publisher: Granta Books (UK), Year: 2011, Size: 273 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2084284

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