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The Bell Jar : 2nd Edition - Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

2nd Edition

Paperback Published: July 2005
ISBN: 9780571081783
Number Of Pages: 240

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Esther Greenwood is at college and is fighting two battles, one against her own desire for perfection in all things - grades, boyfriend, looks, career - and the other against remorseless mental illness. As her depression deepens she finds herself encased in it, bell-jarred away from the rest of the world. This is the story of her journey back into reality. Highly readable, witty and disturbing, The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel and was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. What it has to say about what women expect of themselves, and what society expects of women, is as sharply relevant today as it has always been.

With the recent UK publication of Plath's diaries, what better time to re-acquaint ourselves with her fiction? Plath's genius, of course, was as a poet but her only novel deserves more serious attention. It is a fictionalized account of her first suicide attempt and her subsequent hospitalization and shock therapy. What marks it out is the cool objectivity of Plath's tone. She never lapses into self-pity, nor does her wit ever fail her. It's a deceptively simple read, yet the book is a savage indictment of the 1950s in America. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780571081783
ISBN-10: 0571081789
Series: Threebies Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: July 2005
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.184
Edition Number: 2

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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