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The Bell Jar: Context
The Bell Jar: Plot Summary
The Bell Jar: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Bell Jar: Themes
The Bell Jar: Quotes
The Bell Jar: Characters
The Bell Jar: Symbols
The Bell Jar: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Sylvia Plath
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- Full Title: The Bell Jar
- When Written: 1957-1962
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1963
- Literary Period: post-WWII fiction
- Genre: Bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel)
- Setting: New York City; greater Boston area
- Climax: Esther’s suicide attempt
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath’s Own Elly Higginbottom. The Bell Jar was originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in order to protect the real-life figures Plath had based some of The Bell Jar’s characters on.
Ghost Titles. Before settling on The Bell Jar, Plath considered titling the novel Diary of a Suicide or The Girl in the Mirror.