I was eagerly expecting this book. The poetry of Plath does not need any more praises, for her name and fame already bring with themselves all the admiration from the critics and the public alike, amassed in time with sustained ardour. But what did negatively surprised me for a book of collected poems from such a renowned author was the overall quality of the volume's presentation. The paper severely lacks in quality. It's of course darker than the usual good quality paper and it is a bit coarse. I would've probably suggested a laminated book cover, rather than the plain and frail paperback, which can easily get stained (and you couldn't clean it as efficiently as a laminated one), if not a hardback. My opinion always was that the presentation of a book should at least try to come close to the art of an author's creation. But this certainly isn't the case here. I'm disappointed. I give with all one's heart 5 stars to the poetry of Sylvia Plath, and also to the introduction and notes, and 1 star to the quality of the book. If it would be possible to Amazon to introduce two kind of item rates: one for the writer's efficacy as a literary craftsman and another one for the book's presentation.
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