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Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: Short Stories, Prose, and Diary Excerptsby Sylvia Plath
Synopses & Reviews
"What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.... If I sit still and don't do anything, the world goes on beating like a slack drum, without meaning. We must be moving, working, making dreams to run toward; the poverty of life without dreams is too horrible to imagine."
-- Sylvia Plath, from Notebooks, February 1956
Renowned for her poetry, Sylvia Plath was also a brilliant writer of prose. This collection of short stories, essays, and diary excerpts highlights her fierce concentration on craft, the vitality of her intelligence, and the yearnings of her imaginaton. Featuring an introduction by Plath's husband, the late British poet Ted Hughes, these writings also reflect themes and images she would fully realize in her poetry. Jonny Panic and the Bible of Dreams truly showcases the talent and genius of Sylvia Plath.
About the Author
Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963.
Table of Contents
Mothers — Ocean 1212-W — Snow blitz — The Smiths: George, Marjorie (50), Claire (16) — America! America! — Charlie Pollard and the beekeepers — A comparison — "Context" — Rose and Percy B. — Day of success — The fifteen-dollar eagle — The fifty-ninth bear — The daughters of Blossom Street — Sweetie pie and the gutter men — The shadow — Johnny Panic and the Bible of dreams — Above the oxbow — Stone boy with dolphin — All the dead dears — The wishing box — The day Mr. Prescott died — Widow Mangada — Cambridge notes — Tongues of stone — Superman and Paula Brown's new snowsuit — In the mountains — Initiation — Sunday at the Mintons' — Among the bumblebees.
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