The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

Kim Sisto Robinson: As a young girl, I remember stumbling upon "The Bell Jar," and I finally understood that I wasn't alone in the world. After reading this literary classic, I fell in love with Sylvia Plath, her authenticity, her rawness, and her unique, luminous voice. I devoured her poetry fiercely as a teenager. Plath is what is titled "A confessional writer," and "The Bell Jar," published as fiction in 1963 under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas, follows some of the events of her early life.

Enter, Esther, a brilliant student who has been awarded a guest editorship for a national magazine. Above all else, Esther desires to be a writer, and her world is overflowing with possiblitites. Plath chronicals her teenage years, her dissapointments, her anger, her joy, and sadly, her stay in a mental institution receiving therapy and shock treatments.

Plath's own life was choked by deep depression, which followed her like a devil until she took her own life in 1963. "The Bell Jar" was published after she died and became a best seller.

"The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence." ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Rating: *****

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