1971 THE BELL JAR Sylvia Plath Hardcover BCE Dust Jacket
1971 book club edition of THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath. The dust jacket has minor wear around the edges and has been placed inside a clear archival sleeve. There is a date stamped inside the front cover. The binding is sound and there aren't any obvious signs of inscriptions, marginalization, or dog eared pages.
In The Bell Jar, Esther struggles against her oppressive environment and encroaching madness. Esther spends a month as a guest editor in New York and when she returns home, she finds herself unable to read, write, or sleep. She receives her first shock treatment, and contemplates methods of suicide. The novel is partially autobiographical, and the author later took her own life. In the late 1970s, The Bell Jar was suppressed for not only its profanity and sexuality but for its overt rejection of the woman's role as wife and mother. For these reasons, the book was deemed unsuitable for high school students in Indiana. If you are a collector of banned books, "The Bell Jar" is a novel you want on your shelf.