The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The novel follows the story of a young woman who wins a guest editorship at a magazine in New York City and, after a series of personal and professional disappointments, suffers a mental breakdown and returns to her family, where she continues to struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. The protagonist's experiences in psychiatric institutions and her attempts to reclaim her life are depicted with brutal honesty, making it a poignant exploration of mental illness and the societal pressures faced by women in the mid-20th century.

The 83rd greatest book of all time


Published
1963
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
200-300
Words
84,000
Original Language
English

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