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Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is rare in any novel. It points to the fact that The Bell Jar is a largely autobiographical work about Plath's own summer of 1953, when she was a guest editor at Mademoiselle and went through a breakdown. It reveals so much about the sources of Sylvia Plath's own tragedy that its publication was considered a landmark in literature.
"Esther Greenwood's account of her years in The Bell Jar is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing ... [This] is not a potboiler, nor a series of ungrateful caricatures it is literature." -New York Times
This special 25th-anniversary edition includes a new foreword by Frances McCullough,who was the Harper &
Row editor for the original edition, about the untold story of The Bell Jar's first American publication.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Depression, Mental Fiction, Women college students Fiction, Suicidal behavior Fiction