The Bell Jar is American writer and poet Sylvia Plath's only novel, 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.
The Bell Jar addresses the question of socially acceptable identity. It examines protagonist’s "quest to forge her own identity, to be herself rather than what others expect her to be".
Plath committed suicide a month after its first UK publication..
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