For the Guardian, he named a top ten list of literary teenagers. One teen on the list:
Esther Greenwood in The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathRead about another teen on Davis' list.
For many people Holden Caulfield is the ultimate literary teenage creation – but 19-year-old Esther Greenwood must surely run a close second. Brutal, frank and moving, it is impossible not to read her disaffected journey and think of Plath herself.
Related: The first sentence of The Bell Jar--“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” --is Ali Smith's favorite opening line of a novel.