AbeBooks asked its customers to identify their most depressing reads.
#2 on the list: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963).
Esther Greenwood of The Bell Jar appears among Will Davis' top ten literary teenagers.
The Bell Jar's first sentence--“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.
Learn about which novel is #1 on the top ten most depressing books list.