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The Bell Jar is a classic of American literature. Originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in 1963--only a month before the author's suicide--Sylvia Plath's harrowing autobiographical novel traces a young woman's descent into an emotional breakdown. The brilliant and disturbing story of Esther Greenwood's journey from the glamorous world of magazine publishing in New York to the isolating world of the asylum has become one of the most famous books of the late twentieth century, and still has all its power to shock and move us.

Synopsis:

Originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963 — only a month before the author's suicide — Sylvia Plath's harrowing autobiographical novel traces a young woman's descent into an emotional breakdown. This brilliant and disturbing story of Esther Greenwood's journey from the glamorous world of magazine publishing in New York to the isolating world of the asylum has become one of the most famous books of the late 20th century, and still has all its power to shock and move us.

About the Author

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. She began publishing poems and stories as a teenager and by the time she entered Smith College had won several poetry prizes. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambridge, England, and married British poet Ted Hughes in London in 1956. The young couple moved to the States, where Plath became an instructor at Smith College, and had two children. Later, they moved back to England, where Plath continued writing poetry and wrote The Bell Jar, which was first published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in England in 1963. On February 11, 1963, Plath committed suicide. The Bell Jar was first published under her own name in the United States by Harper & Row in 1971, despite the protests of Plath's family. Plath's Collected Poems, published posthumously in 1981, won the Pulitzer Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375404634
Author:
Plath, Sylvia
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Depression, mental
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Women college students
Subject:
Plath, sylvia, 1932-1963
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Depression, Mental -- Fiction.
Edition Description:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Series:
Everyman's Library Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Series Volume:
212
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.33x5.23x.84 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1963 — only a month before the author's suicide — Sylvia Plath's harrowing autobiographical novel traces a young woman's descent into an emotional breakdown. This brilliant and disturbing story of Esther Greenwood's journey from the glamorous world of magazine publishing in New York to the isolating world of the asylum has become one of the most famous books of the late 20th century, and still has all its power to shock and move us.
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