The Bell Jar



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Author: Plath, Sylvia

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Published on 2 June 2005 by FABER & FABER in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 240 pages
198 x 127 x 17 | 170g

I was supposed to be having the time of my life.

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into serious depression as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take her aspirations seriously.

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and descent into mental illness, and has become a modern classic.