The Bell Jar

[PLATH, Sylvia] LUCAS, Victoria

I think it will show how isolated a person feels when he is suffering a breakdown

[PLATH, Sylvia] LUCAS, Victoria The Bell Jar

Heinemann, 1963.

First edition. Original black cloth, lettered gilt, in the pictorial dustwrapper by Thomas Simmonds. A fine copy in a very near fine dustwrapper, with just minor superficial wear to the spine ends and corners. An exceptional copy of a book seldom encountered in nice condition.

Plath's only novel, released under a pseudonym. It is a semi-autobiographical account of the book's main protagonist, Esther Greenwood's, descent into mental illness mirroring Plath's own experiences with clinical depression.
Plath wrote to her mother, "What I've done is to throw together events from my own life, fictionalising to add colour – it's a potboiler really, but I think it will show how isolated a person feels when he is suffering a breakdown… I've tried to picture my world and the people in it as seen through the distorting lens of a bell jar."
Plath committed suicide a month after the book was published, catapulting the book into the public eye where is has remained ever since as a classic coming of age book and cry for help.

Stock ID: 40123

£8,000.00

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