The Bell Jar
A realistic and emotional look at a woman who falls into the grips of insanity written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath
“As clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing.”
—New York Times
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.
By Sylvia Plath