The Bell Jar

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HarperCollins, Nov 3, 2009 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

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After reading about Sylvia Plath herself, this book comes as semi-autobiographical. It's a dark story, examining depression, self-hatred, and the inability to integrate into our flawed culture. Plath ... Read full review

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I wanted to like this book because "everyone else likes it" but I didn't. I didn't get absorbed or lost in the book. It didn't leave me wanting more. It was just blah. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Sylvia Plath (1932-63) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright fellowship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963). Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Other posthumous publications include Ariel, her landmark publication, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams and The Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962.

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