For the scientific apparatus, see bell jar. First edition cover, published under Sylvia Plath’s pseudonym, “Victoria Lucas. The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American sylvia plath the bell jar pdf and poet Sylvia Plath.
Originally published under the pseudonym “Victoria Lucas” in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. The book is often regarded as a roman à clef since the protagonist’s descent into mental illness parallels Plath’s own experiences with what may have been clinical depression. Plath died by suicide a month after its first UK publication.
The novel was published under Plath’s name for the first time in 1967 and was not published in the United States until 1971, in accordance with the wishes of both Plath’s husband, Ted Hughes, and her mother. The novel has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.