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Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This 25th-anniversary edition of Plath's posthumous autobiographical novel includes a new foreword by the book's original editor, Frances McCullough; biographical notes; and eight previously unpublished drawings by Plath. Bravo to HarperCollins for putting all this together at a reasonable price.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The language is surperb. A courageous look at how it feels to have a mental breakdown.Published 1 month ago by J.O. Quantaman
A classic and obviously written at a time in the past but very authentic and sad.Published 4 months ago by Denise Jacobs
She seems to write effortlessly. It feels like you're listening to (or reading) a friend's story (or letter). Read morePublished 5 months ago by 2eBlue
I found this novel well written but too drawn out. There was not a point. I have read much better books where the characters struggle with depression.Published 5 months ago by Whitney
I loved this book. It was an incredible read and I have found myself thinking about it for months after I finished reading it. I wish there were more novels by Sylvia Plath.Published 6 months ago by Kelsi
An incredibly personal insight into the life of a troubled young woman.Published 11 months ago by RJ
The product worked perfectly on my Kindle, but I did not like the book at all. I enjoyed the first 15% but nothing after that.Published 14 months ago by Stephanie Wong
The title pretty much sums up my feelings about this book. There's always been positive buzz about The Bell Jar, but I found it rather slow and dull. Read morePublished on April 23 2013 by TheTechGirl