The bell jar is the only novel written by the american writer and poet sylvia plath originally published under the pseudonym victoria lucas in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. The bell jar is the story of 19-year-old esther greenwood, the breakdown she experiences, and the beginnings of her recovery the year is 1953 and esther greenwood, having finished college for the academic year, has won a one-month paid internship at ladies day magazine in new york city she and eleven other college students, also contest winners, are set up in the amazon hotel and juggle work with the scheduled events the magazine has created for them. The bell jar takes a critical view of the medical profession, in particular psychiatric medicine this critique begins with esther’s visit to buddy’s medical school this critique begins with esther’s visit to buddy’s medical school.
The bell jar was plath’s only novel, and while it met with mixed reviews upon its release, it has become a classic in the american canon the semi-autobiographical tale is based on plath’s experience, at 19, of winning a contest for mademoiselle magazine (called ladies’ day in the book) and getting to be guest editor/intern for a month along with several other girls. The connection between art and life, so often merely rhetorical, became too visible the tragic irony is that in a world of public-relations liars sylvia plath seemed a truth-dealer in life by the very act of taking it “the bell jar” lacks the coruscating magnificence of the late poems.
The bell jar is the only novel written by the poet sylvia plath published one month before plath killed herself at age 30, the story follows a young woman, esther greenwood, through a mental.
In 1963, after the bell jar was published, plath began working on another literary work titled double exposure it was never published and disappeared around 1970 theories about what happened to the unfinished manuscript are repeatedly brought up in the book sylvia plath's fiction: a critical study by luke ferretter. Plath's immersion in thoughts of death pervades the book, and, indeed, there is a great deal of death in all of plath's work likewise, esther's anxiety about death takes precedence over all other of her anxieties about life.
Plath’s thesis begins its influence on the bell jar’s first page, an opening that revises dostoyevsky’s esther greenwood, the novel’s protagonist, recalls new york city in the morning. Known primarily for her poetry, plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, the bell jar, under the pseudonym victoria lucas the book's protagonist, esther greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at smith college who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in new york. Even the bell jar itself is a suffocating tomb, an airless place where the soul dies, if not the body consider the first page of the book with its reference to the execution of the rosenbergs and the speaker's inability to get a cadaver's head out of her mind — all these images and ideas point to what is perhaps the main preoccupation in the book: death.
Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, the colossus and other poems and ariel, and the bell jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death.
Between the original and the second publications of “the bell jar” in england, sylvia plath’s second, and posthumous, volume of poems, “ariel,” was printed. Three more from sylvia plath the colossus (1960) ariel (1965) johnny panic and the bible of dreams (1977) the bell jar is published by faber in hardback (£1299) and paperback (£799. Plath killed herself in her london flat, 23 fitzroy road, near primrose hill, less than a month later, on 11 february 1963 three more from sylvia plath the colossus (1960) ariel (1965) johnny panic and the bible of dreams (1977) the bell jar is published by faber in hardback (£1299) and paperback (£799.