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The Bell JarRead about the memoir on the list.
Sylvia Plath's classic roman à clef, The Bell Jar tells the tale of a magazine intern who finds herself falling into an ever-deepening state of despondency. It is a feeling, she says, not unlike being trapped "under a bell jar". After a string of suicide attempts, Esther is institutionalised. As the book ends, it remains unclear if she will ever return to life outside.
The Bell Jar is #2 on one list of the top 10 most depressing books.
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.