Sylvia Plath’s autobigraphical novel The Bell Jar is ahead of it’s time.
This semi autobiographical novel will sweep you away in a torrent of relentless honesty which flows from the mind of a poet. Oblique metaphor and jarring simile will keep you pinned to the description of the mundane, while Plath’s haunting inner journey becomes more and more real in your own mind. This novel, Plath’s only one, would make an excellent related text for HSC students studying Ted Hughes’ Birthday Letters. Before self harm and suicide became sensationalised, Sylvia Plath came to terms with her own reality and had the courage to give expression to her emotion. Best read in context of the authors life, this book is a must read for anyone interested in confessional life writing and the broader Hughes/Plath saga.