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The bell jar : a novel

Author: Sylvia Plath; Fran McCullough; Lois Ames
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2013, ©1996.
Series: Harper Perennial modern classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 50th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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Chronicles one young woman's emotional breakdown as she journeys from the glamorous world of Manhattan publishing to the isolation of the asylum.
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Plath; Fran McCullough; Lois Ames
ISBN: 9780061148514 0061148512 9780060174903 0060174900
OCLC Number: 854562123
Notes: 25th anniversary edition published 1996, reissued as the 50th anniversary edition in 2013.
Description: xvii, 244 pages, 22 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Harper Perennial modern classics.
Responsibility: Sylvia Plath ; foreword by Frances McCullough ; biographical note by Lois Ames ; drawings by Sylvia Plath.

Abstract:

Chronicles one young woman's emotional breakdown as she journeys from the glamorous world of Manhattan publishing to the isolation of the asylum.

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. -- Publisher description

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