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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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This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.

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Ryan DeJonghe, July 2, 2014 (view all comments by Ryan DeJonghe)
Whoever is still comparing this book to CATCHER IN THE RYE, please stop. CATCHER was a meandering, lackadaisical plod from pubescent interest into collegiate boredom. The “anyhows” and “anyways” served as fuel for my page-tearing rage. Needless to say, I didn’t like it. THE BELL JAR is informative, timeless, and full of finely tuned narrative.


Sylvia Plath poured herself into this book, utilizing her poetic understanding of language, creating a blend of well-to-read literature and true-to-life fascination. Both writers and clinicians would benefit from a study of this book. Although Plath ended her life before being diagnosed, her capturing of schizophrenia is realistic and true to form.


While dated, the transition into young-adult life is modern and timeless. The stresses to perform well in school, to maintain social protocol (dating, marriage), and sexual exploration are ever present today. Plath transcribes the nuances in brilliant fidelity.


Of interest, too, are the historical viewpoints of medical and psychological treatment. A sudden skin mole killing people within weeks; a lock-away TB treatment; and, of course, mental disorders and depression.


I would be remiss to say that if you are suffering confusion or depression that there is no shame in seeking help. There are times, many, where talking with someone or taking prescribed medicine can open a whole new world of happiness and contentment. There are times when things can’t be worked through on your own.


I also want to thank my good friend and fellow reviewer Allen Smalling for spotting this on my wish list and sending it over. Thank you, buddy.


This is a wonderful book that many will appreciate on several different levels.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780756980054
Author:
Plath, Sylvia
Publisher:
Perfection Learning
Illustrator:
PLATH, SYLVIA
Foreword by:
McCullough, Frances
Foreword:
McCullough, Frances
Author:
PLATH, SYLVIA
Subject:
Depression, mental
Subject:
Women college students
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Tb
Series:
Modern Classics
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
LIBRARY BOUND
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Dimensions:
7.70x5.20x.90 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.
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