The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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The Bell Jar is American writer and poet Sylvia Plath's only novel, which was originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in 1963. The novel is semi-autobiographical with the names of places and people changed. The book is often regarded as a roman à clef, with the protagonist's descent into mental illness paralleling Plath's own experiences with what may have been either bipolar disorder or clinical depression. Plath committed suicide a month after its first publication.

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The 412th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 49th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  2. - 81st on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  3. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  4. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at
  5. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  6. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  7. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
  8. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (
  9. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)

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