The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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.

The 261st 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. - 57th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  3. - 81st on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  4. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  5. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  6. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  7. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  8. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  9. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  10. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
  11. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
  12. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  13. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
the bell jar Paperback 1296906 $13.43 $3.83
The Bell Jar (Modern Classics) Kindle Edition 48145 2020
The Bell Jar Kindle Edition 2857 2014
The Bell Jar Mass Market Paperback 317388 $19.95 $0.01
The Bell Jar: A Novel Hardcover 38535 $12.60 $5.33 2013
The Bell Jar CD Audio CD 254489 $9.95 $8.99 2006
Critical Insights: The Bell Jar Kindle Edition 839014 $68.00 2012
The Bell Jar Paperback 670699 $10.84 $1.73
The Bell Jar (Edition unknown) by Plath, Sylvia [Paperback(2006£©] Paperback 318631 $13.40 $5.40
The Bell Jar Mass Market Paperback 997106 $28.14 $0.01
By Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar Paperback 1473173 $23.64 $23.51 2013
The Bell Jar Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Paperback 982428 $10.91 $3.92
The Bell Jar Paperback 647984 $6.07 $0.01 1966
The Bell Jar Mass Market Paperback 1123201 $500.00 $0.01
The Bell Jar: A Novel (Perennial Classics) Paperback 24746 $7.57 $0.01 2000
The Bell Jar (Annotated) Kindle Edition 189565 $3.46 2021
The Bell Jar Paperback 3021183 $7.53 $0.01
The Bell Jar (Everyman's Library (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.)) Hardcover 1397579 $17.45 $1.25 1998
Bell Jar Mass Market Paperback 719179 $22.57 $5.78 1983
The Bell Jar Hardcover 416592 $14.02 $13.30
The Bell Jar CD Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition Audio CD 2062672 $24.52 $12.20
The Bell Jar Paperback 588575 $14.88 $0.01 1983
The Bell Jar Kindle Edition 119114 2017
By Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (Mass Paperback Edition) (1905-06-16) [Mass Market Paperback] Mass Market Paperback 536757 $147.74 $4.07 1905
The Bell Jar (Bloom's Guides (Hardcover)) Hardcover 1964620 $36.38 $22.00 2009
The Bell Jar (Bloom's Guides) Kindle Edition 2157109 2008
BELL JAR Audio Cassette 3414894 $2.96 $2.38 1998
The Bell Jar Hardcover 1153494 $37.33 $0.49
The Bell Jar by Plath, Sylvia (2013) Hardcover Hardcover 2797171 $69.43 $24.55 1901
The Bell Jar Paperback 11246 $10.50 $3.23 2013
The Bell Jar Hardcover 2769247 $21.18 $16.53 2019
The Bell Jar (50th Anniversary Edition) by Sylvia Plath (3-Jan-2013) Paperback Paperback 469825 $37.08 $31.52
The Bell Jar (Critical Insights) Hardcover 5159227 $103.20 $177.38 2011
The Bell Jar (Modern Classics) Paperback 1993 $10.19 $6.99 2005
The Bell Jar Paperback 2552653 $5.00 $1.29 2005
The Bell Jar, 25th Anniversary Edition Hardcover 198376 $22.07 $5.89 1996
The Bell Jar Kindle Edition 5052 $9.99 2012
The Bell Jar - First Edition, 5th Printing - US Hardcover 575087 $26.00
The Bell Jar (SparkNotes Literature Guide) (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) Paperback 1510155 $112.56 $3.00 2002
The Bell Jar (P.S.) [Paperback] [2005] 1 Ed. Sylvia Plath Paperback 4045826 $12.94 $8.38 2005
The Bell Jar Paperback 785696 $11.08 $0.57 2009
The Bell Jar: A Novel Kindle Edition 52618 2015
[The Bell Jar] (By: Sylvia Plath) [published: March, 2006] Audio CD 1299609 $21.53 $13.26 2006