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Sylvia Plath | Background reading
Sylvia Plath's journal
Excerpts from Sylvia Plath's diaries that provides insights into her personality as well as her writing.
The Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College Libraries in Boston USA holds the papers and artifacts from the estate of Sylvia Plath. The British Library in London has digitized and made available a number of these artifacts. Please note: © Estate of Sylvia Plath. No copying, republication or modification is allowed for material. For further use of this material please seek formal permission from the copyright holder.
Sylvia Plath's journal, 23 April 1959
"This diary entry shows Sylvia Plath’s struggle – both financial and creative – to be a published writer, but also the ‘verve and life-joy’ which she finds in poetry." (British Library, n.d.)
Held by: Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Libraries (Massachusetts). Shelfmark: Box 3 Folder 24. © Estate of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath's journal, 2 March 1958
"In this handwritten diary entry, Sylvia Plath writes self-reflexively about the process of writing, reading and making meaning from the chaos of life. " (British Library, n.d.)
Held by: Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Libraries (Massachusetts). Shelfmark: Box 3 Folder 20. © Estate of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath's journal, 26 February 1956
"Sylvia Plath met Ted Hughes while ‘very very beautifully drunk’ at a literary party in Cambridge on 25 February, 1956. She already knew his poems from student magazines, but in this diary entry she describes with vivid intensity the first time" they met. (British Library, n.d.)
Held by: Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Libraries (Massachusetts). Shelfmark: Box 3 Folder 9. © Estate of Sylvia Plath