10 December 2012

Seven Days of Sylvia Plath Gifts: Day 3

Day 3 - The Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Karen V. Kukil

On the third day of Plathzaa my true love gave to me
A 732 page book

Published in 2000, The (Unabridged) Journals of Sylvia Plath is the book to read if you are interested in Sylvia Plath. Within its pages both a life and ideas are captured. The editing is superb and the notes in the back are truly a valuable resource. In addition to recording events from her life, Plath's journals are a place where she drafted poems and stories and letters, using it, too, to sketch and to document important historical events such as the D.H. Lawrence obscenity trial in London, which she attended on her birthday in 1960. As well, Plath's journals were kept to record a dossier of information on her neighbors for use, mostly likely, in future stories and novels. That is, unless Sylvia Plath was an undercover CIA agent? We know that the CIA liked Smith College women (eg. Julia Child). Just sayin... nothing like starting a rumor for the holidays...


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

OK, you've covered Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. Is there anything left? I think Ramadan has passed. ;-)

Tell Maeve that the Collected Poems is forever on my desk for the same reason she gave: it's all in one place.

I'm hoping that Eye Rhymes will make one of the Sylvia Plath Gift Days. Or maybe her book of drawings from the Mayor Gallery museum collection. Or...

Peter K Steinberg said...


Hi there. The rest of the days are mapped out & written, so time will tell publicly what the rest of the gift ideas are!

Thanks for your comment!


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