Ariel A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

ISBN-10: 0060732601
ISBN-13: 9780060732608
Edition: 2005
Authors: Sylvia Plath
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Description: Sylvia 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 When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel.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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.64" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Sylvia 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 When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel.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," which provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of a beloved writer. This publication introduces a truer version of Plath's works, and will no doubt alter her legacy forever. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Sylvia Plath's best poetry was produced, tragically, as she pondered self-destruction---in her poems as well as her life---and she eventually committed suicide. She had an extraordinary impact on British as well as American poetry in the few years before her death, and affected many poets, particularly women, in the generation after. She is a confessional poet, influenced by the approach of Robert Lowell. Born in Boston, a graduate of Smith College, Plath attended Newnham College, Cambridge University, on a Fulbright Fellowship and married the British poet Ted Hughes. Of her first collection,The Colossus and Other Poems (1962), the Times Literary Supplement remarked, "Plath writes from phrase to phrase as well as with an eye on the larger architecture of the poem; each line, each sentence is put together with a good deal of care for the springy rhythm, the arresting image and---most of all, perhaps---the unusual word." Plath's second book of poetry, Ariel, written in 1962 in a last fever of passionate creative activity, was published posthumously in 1965 and explores dimensions of women's anger and sexuality in groundbreaking new ways. Plath's struggles with women's issues, in the days before the second wave of American feminism, became legendary in the 1970s, when a new generation of women readers and writers turned to her life as well as her work to understand the contradictory pressures of ambitious and talented women in the 1950s. The Bell Jar---first published under a pseudonym in 1963 and later issued under Plath's own name in England in 1966---is an autobiographical novel describing an ambitious young woman's efforts to become a "real New York writer" only to sink into mental illness and despair at her inability to operate within the narrow confines of traditional feminine expectations. Plath was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982. In recent years, there have been a number of biographies and critical evaluations of Plath's work.

Foreword
Ariel and other poems
Morning Song
The Couriers
The Rabbit Catcher
Thalidomide
The Applicant
Barren Woman
Lady Lazarus
Tulips
A Secret
The Jailor
Cut
Elm
The Night Dances
The Detective
Ariel
Death & Co.
Magi
Lesbos
The Other
Stopped Dead
Poppies in October
The Courage of Shutting-Up
Nick and the Candlestick
Berck-Plage
Gulliver
Getting There
Medusa
Purdah
The Moon and the Yew Tree
A Birthday Present
Letter in November
Amnesiac
The Rival
Daddy
You're
Fever 103[degree]
The Bee Meeting
The Arrival of the Bee Box
Stings
Wintering
Facsimile of the manuscript for Ariel and other poems
Facsimile drafts of the poem "Ariel"
Appendix I
"The Swarm"
Facsimile draft of the poem "The Swarm"
Appendix II
Script for the BBC broadcast "New Poems by Sylvia Plath"
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