The Bell Jar Turns 40


“It’s always interesting when a very strange book is also an enduringly popular book.”

This Poetry Foundation essay is appreciating The Bell Jar, which is embarking on its 40th year of publication. Initially unnoticed for its literary prowess in Britain, it’s been sustainably successful here, and most likely had a profound presence during your teenage years. It’s the perfect time to re-appreciate it.

(via @LF)

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