Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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Harold Bloom
Infobase Publishing, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 175 pages
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In this classic coming-of-age novel set in post-World War II America, Esther Greenwood emerges as a double for author Sylvia Plath. A summer internship at a fashion magazine in New York City reveals only the lack of beauty in the young woman's inner life, as Esther succumbs to a pervasive depression that she likens to being trapped beneath the title object, a bell jar, struggling for her next breath. Noted literary scholar Harold Bloom introduces this title in the Bloom's Guides series, which also features an annotated bibliography and a listing of other works by the author.

 

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Bloom's Guide to Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar was recently published by Chelsea House. There is a special place in my heart for Chelsea House as they are the publisher of my biography on Plath. Any ... Read full review

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Harold Bloom is a full-of-himself pseudo-intellectual who clearly has no understanding of American literature. He spends the whole time talking about how Path is an author of no importance. I'd like to see anything he has written that is as good or as important as the Bell Jar. The Bell Jar is an invaluable piece of American Literature. Do yourself a favor and buy any other copy of this book! Harold Bloom will ruin the experience for you! AVOID ANYTHING WITH HIS NAME ON IT AT ALL COSTS!!!  

Contents

Introduction
7
Biographical Sketch
9
The Story Behind the Story
12
List of Characters
15
Summary and Analysis
18
Critical Views
59
Annotated Bibliography
162
Contributors
165
Acknowledgments
168
Index
170
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Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible. Harold Bloom passed away on October 14, 2019 in New Haven, at the age of 89.

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