Thursday, April 9, 2009
Life inside the Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath: Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932–February 11, 1963) was an American poet novelist, children's author, and short story author. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The book's protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York. The plot parallels Plath's experience interning at Mademoiselle magazine and subsequent mental breakdown and suicide attempt. She married English poet Ted Hughes on June 16, 1956. They had two children.