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The Bell Jar (Paperback)

By Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath (Illustrator), Frances McCullough (Foreword by)
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Staff Reviews


“I spent 12 years in Catholic School, so this is the first time I’m reading The Bell Jar.
Everybody should read this book. I want everyone, men & women, to
read this book so they can know how women think about sex. I’ve
dog-eared about every other page so far with quotes and scenes that I
want to remember.”

— Jan

"I'm not sure how to blurb this book.  That would be like writing a couple of sentences to blurb my entire self.  I get this book.  I don't understand it, but it's not there to be understood.  But I get it.  Self care and mental health are important.  So important.  It is both illuminating and depressing to read about similar experience.  This ambivalence is haunting and discomforting and I feel like both a better and worse person for reading.  Both bigger and smaller.  Both individual and insignificant." - Jan

— From The BookPeople 100 (Page 2)

Description


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.

About the Author


Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1932, and was a writer from early in life, publishing poems in local newspapers from the age of eight. Despite the clinical depression that affected her deeply, Plath excelled at Smith College and subsequently attended Newnham College in Cambridge on a Fulbright fellowship grant. In England, Plath met and married fellow poet Ted Hughes. Their marriage was often an unhappy one, and Hughes left Plath after the birth of their second child. In the time following, Plath wrote many of her most famous poems, often drawing inspiration from the rocky relationships with the men in her lifein particular her marriage to Hughes and her relationship with her father, whose strict manner and death during her childhood had greatly impacted her. Plath s works include the poems Daddy, Lady Lazarus, and Poppies in July, as well as the novel The Bell Jar, which reflects Plath s own experiences with severe depression. Plath was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Works nearly twenty years after her suicide in 1963.

Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1932, and was a writer from early in life, publishing poems in local newspapers from the age of eight. Despite the clinical depression that affected her deeply, Plath excelled at Smith College and subsequently attended Newnham College in Cambridge on a Fulbright fellowship grant. In England, Plath met and married fellow poet Ted Hughes. Their marriage was often an unhappy one, and Hughes left Plath after the birth of their second child. In the time following, Plath wrote many of her most famous poems, often drawing inspiration from the rocky relationships with the men in her lifein particular her marriage to Hughes and her relationship with her father, whose strict manner and death during her childhood had greatly impacted her. Plath s works include the poems Daddy, Lady Lazarus, and Poppies in July, as well as the novel The Bell Jar, which reflects Plath s own experiences with severe depression. Plath was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Works nearly twenty years after her suicide in 1963.

Frances McCullough is a well-known editor who specializes in cookbooks, literary works, and poetry. She was the editor of Sylvia Plath's Journals and "Holiday Home Cooking", an anthology of the Book-of-the-Month Club members' recipes.

Barbara Witt is a food consultant and private chef well known to Washington, D.C., restaurant goers as former owner and manager of The Big Cheese Restaurants.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060837020
ISBN-10: 0060837020
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2005
Pages: 244
Language: English