Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Week of February 18, 2013

In the News: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

The novel The Bell Jar,  about a college woman who suffers through a mental breakdown in the 1950s, was originally published fifty years ago under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. It would turn out to be the only novel published by poet Sylvia Plath. Like the book’s main character, Plath herself had gone through periods of depression that required psychiatric hospitalization. Approximately one month after the book’s release, Plath committed suicide.


The Bell Jar
By Sylvia Plath. HarperPerrenial, 2005
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 B4 2005

Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath
By Anne Stevenson. Houghton Mifflin, 1989
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z9134 1989

The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plat
Edited by Jo Gill. Cambridge University Press, 2006
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z595 2006

Critical Essays on Sylvia Plath
By Linda W. Wagner. G.K. Hall, 1984
PS3566 .L27 Z63 1984

The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath
By Ronald Hayman. Sutton, 2003
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z68 2003

Giving Up: The Last Days of Sylvia Plath
By Jillian Becker. St. Martin’s Press, 2003
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z5817 2002

The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
By Heather Clark. Oxford University Press, 2011
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z598 2011

The Haunting of Sylvia Plath
By Jacqueline Rose. Harvard University Press 1992
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z85 1992

Her Husband: Hughes and Plath—A Marriage
By Diane Middle brook. Viking, 2003
Call Number: PR6058 .U37 Z76 2003

The Journals of Sylvia Plath
By Sylvia Plath. Dial Press, 1982
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z469 1982

Letters Home: Correspondence, 1950-1963
By Sylvia Plath. Harper & Row, 1975
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z53 1975

Sylvia (DVD)
Directed by Christine Jeffs. Universal, 2003
Call Number: PN1997.2 .S952 2004 (At Jupiter)

Sylvia Plath
By Susan Bassnett. Barnes & Noble Books, 1987
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z5815 1987

Sylvia Plath: The Cauldron of Mourning
By Michelle Richards-Winkler. FAU M.A. Thesis, 2003
Call Number: NX001 .R5248 2003

Sylvia Plath: A Critical Study
By Tim Kendall. Faber and Faber, 2001
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z747 2001

Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life
By Linda Wagner-Martin. Macmillan, 2003
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z964 2003

Sylvia Plath: the Wound and the Cure of Words
By Steven Gould Axelrod. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z55 1990

Sylvia Plath and the Mythology of Women Readers
By Janet Badia. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z575 2011

Sylvia Plat, Method and Madness
By Edward Butscher. Seabury Press, 1976
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z59

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962
Edited by Karen V. Kukil. Anchor Books, 2000
Call Number: PS3566 .L27 Z469 2000