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The Bell Jar (P.S.)

The Bell Jar (P.S.)

ISBN: 0060837020

Title: The Bell Jar (P.S.)

Author: Sylvia Plath

KDL Description:


“This is a particularly dark and difficult read- the main character, Esther Greenwood, is smart, talented, and would seem to have a lot going on for her, yet is mentally descending into depression, then into a subsequent breakdown. It’s very gloomy but there are so many beautiful and thought-provoking passages and it’s such a great example of what I love about fiction: the ability the author has to give you a perspective you never would have seen on your own.”
—Rosie at KDL’s Wyoming Branch

Amazon Description:

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.