The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Is an introduction needed? Well, I’m writing one. Written in 1963, The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath’s only novel, originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is semi-autobiographical with the names of places and people changed. It’s a shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity, charting the story of Esther Greenwood as she struggles with problems of morality, behaviour and identity, and relationships, self image and her role in life. I found it a moving read, with many topics that are still very relevant today. I read it for the first time only last month, but am very glad to be reading it again, and am really looking forward to discussing it. As always, please put your own selfcare first when reading. Our discussion will be on the 9th of July from 7.30, we hope you join in.

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