The Bell Jar

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Harper Collins, Aug 2, 2005 - Fiction - 288 pages
199 Reviews

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under -- maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

 

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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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User Review  - jenn88 - LibraryThing

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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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
24
Section 4
38
Section 5
50
Section 6
63
Section 7
74
Section 8
87
Section 13
154
Section 14
170
Section 15
184
Section 16
195
Section 17
204
Section 18
215
Section 19
224
Section 20
236

Section 9
99
Section 10
112
Section 11
127
Section 12
140
Section 21
247
Section 22
260
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About the author (2005)

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963.

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