First published U.S.
A major literary event - Sylvia Plath's complete, uncensored journals, published for the first time in their entirety.
Originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version of Sylvia Plath's journals, authorized by Plath's husband, Ted Hugues. This new edition is an... accurate and complete transcription of Plath's diaries kept during the last 12 years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never before been made public, revealing more fully the intensity of the personal and literary struggles of the poet, and providing fresh insight into her frequent desperation as well as the bravery with which she confronted her demons. Sylvia Plath's full Journals are essential reading for everyone who has been moved and fascinated by Plath's life and work.
Courageous, honest, painful, yearning, and occasionally even funny, the unexpurgated diaries and journals of poet and novelist Plath show a woman struggling to develop her talent against the social constraints of her day.
(There is, for example, surprisingly little on Plath's sudden marriage to Hughes.) Strong print media attention focusing on new revelations will drive early sales of this important work, and it should become a staple backlist title.