The Bell Jar (Paperback)

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“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)


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 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060837020
ISBN-10: 0060837020
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2005
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Modern Classics