Johnny Panic and The Bible of Dreams: And Other Prose Writings - Sylvia PlathLondon: Faber & Faber, 1977, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine and the margins of the panels with a nick to the top corner of the upper panel. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Sylvia Plath commented in her journals: For me, writing verse is an evasion of the real job of writing. From her mid-teens, she wrote stories, at first easily and successfully, but then with increasing difficulty as the demands of her real vision complicated her growing ambition to make a career as a conventional story writer.
This collection contains all the stories which survive except a half dozen or so of the weakest — either very early or pastiche women’s magazine. It also includes the brilliant brief casual essays she wrote in her last year.
Directly or indirectly, all her prose writings turn out to be fragments of autobiography. Quite apart from their other qualities, they fill out our knowledge of an author who has become the centre of so much speculation.
Certain passages from her journals are also printed here, giving a truer and more vivid account of her, perhaps, than can be found in other places, and incidentally revealing the close, vital connection between her daily observations and some of her best-known poems.”
Foreword or introduction by Ted Hughes. Size: 8" x 5¼". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 250 pages.