Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, and Other Prose Writings
By (author) Sylvia Plath
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Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, and Other Prose Writings by Sylvia Plath
Book DescriptionI lay there alone in bed, feeling the black shadow creeping up the underside of the world like a flood tide. Nothing held, nothing was left. The silver airplanes and the silver capes all dissolved and vanished, wiped away like the crude drawings of a child in coloured chalk from the colossal blackboard of the dark. The writings in this collection outline Plath's early preoccupation with issues of mental illness, creativity and femininity, all of which would become recurrent themes in her later work. They offer special insight into her development as a writer, and arguably paved the way for her only full-length piece of prose writing, the loosely veiled fictional autobiography, The Bell Jar. This second edition contains the thirteen stories included in the first edition together with five pieces of her journalism, as well as a few fragments from her journal; and a further nine stories selected from the Indiana archive.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571049899
(198mm x 126mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sylvia Plath
Ariel, Paperback (April 2015)
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Sylvia Plath: Poems, Paperback (March 2014)
Sylvia Plath was, for both English and American poetry, one of the defining voices of twentieth-century, and one of the most appealing. This edition offers a fresh selection of Sylvia Plath's poetry. It is essential reading for those new to and already familiar with the work of this most extraordinary poet.
Journals of Sylvia Plath, Paperback (January 2014)» View all books by Sylvia Plath
Presents exact and complete transcriptions of the journals kept by Sylvia Plath for the last twelve years of her life - covering her marriage to Ted Hughes and her struggle with depression - are a key source for the poems which make up her collections Ariel and The Colossus.
US Kirkus Review » These gleanings from Sylvia Plath's largely unpublished prose are sure to interest the admirers of her poetry. And students of the psychology of creativity will be intrigued too, because it is all here: the soul laid bare, the true confessions, mostly of despair, and the fumbling attempts toward commercial success, inhibited by the interior doubts. Her husband, Ted Hughes, contributes a thoughtful introduction, arguing that these little pieces - arranged in reverse chronological order, stories next to journal entries - have value "if only as notes toward her inner biography," but admitting that probably "her real creation was her own image." He convincingly connects the Flaubertian drudgery of her daily recording of details to the solidity of the last Ariel poems. Sylvia wished above all to be a successful writer of successful, marketable short stories, and had not, at the time of her death, succeeded. Would she ever have? One may, if one cares to, speculate about her schizophrenia, "this absolutely new white person and the old yellow one." Her problem was that she had a Mademoiselle mind and a New Yorker ambition; her wide reading and her earthy intelligence fused only occasionally, in those late poems. Here we have the record of her ambition - and a few glimpses of its partial fruition. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963); Ariel was published posthumously in 1965. Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
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