The Bell Jar

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HarperCollins, Nov 3, 2009 - Fiction - 336 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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What an absolute turn around this book was. I mistakenly believed I was reading Catcher in the Rye: Women's Edition (apologies, I loathed that book.) but Plath takes a striking turn and pulls you into ... Read full review

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I absolutely loved the book. I'd dare say, I could relate to it so much. I am a huge fan of Plath's poetry and should have read the book long ago. It is a semi autobiographical novel which explores a ... Read full review

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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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