The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

244 pages first pub 1963 (editions)

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A new edition of the classic novel, featuring a foreword by the original Harper & Row editor who reveals the untold story of the book's first publication. Originally published under a pseudonym in England in 1963, shortly after Plath committed...

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Moods

dark 86%
emotional 67%
reflective 64%
sad 61%
challenging 29%
tense 21%
funny 10%
hopeful 5%
mysterious 4%
inspiring 3%
informative 2%
adventurous 1%

Pace

medium 63%
slow 23%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 91% | A mix: 6% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 45% | It's complicated: 44% | No: 9%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 48% | No: 25% | Yes: 24% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 7% | Yes: 6% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 6%

Average rating

4.08

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