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The Bell Jar : Perennial Classics - Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

Perennial Classics

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1996
ISBN: 9780060174903
Number Of Pages: 320

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"The Bell Jar" is a classic of American literature, with over two million copies sold in this country. This extraordinary work chronicles the crackup of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful -- but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time. Step by careful step, Sylvia Plath takes us with Esther through a painful month in New York as a contest-winning junior editor on a magazine, her increasingly strained relationships with her mother, and with the boy she dated in college, and eventually, devastatingly, into the madness itself. The reader is drawn into her breakdown with such intensity that her 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 rare in any novel. It points to the fact that "The Bell Jar" is a largely autobiographical work about Plath's own summer of 1953, when she was a guest editor at "Mademoiselle" and went through a breakdown. It reveals so much about the sources of Sylvia Plath's own tragedy that its publication was considered a landmark in literature.

"Esther Greenwood's account of her years in "The Bell Jar" is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing ... This] is not a potboiler, nor a series of ungrateful caricatures; it is literature." -"New York Times"

This special 25th-anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Frances McCullough, who was the Harper & Row editor for the original edition, about the untold story of "The Bell Jar'"s first American publication.

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"An enchanting book. The author wears her scholarship with grace, and the amazing story she has to tell is recounted with humor and understanding.""-- Atlantic Monthly"

ISBN: 9780060174903
ISBN-10: 0060174900
Series: Perennial Classics
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 1996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 25

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Sylvia Plath

About the Author


Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, 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.

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