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Bell Jar

In this 1963 semi-autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath, Emily Greenwood, a talented college student in 1953, struggles with societal expectations of women and class issues, as she spends the summer interning in New York, returns to Boston depressed, and ends up in a hospital after a suicide attempt.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3566.L27

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Brain, Tracy. The Other Sylvia Plath. 2001.

                      Call Number: PS3566.L27 Z5827 2001

  • Britzolakis, Christina. Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning. 1999.

                      Call Number: PS3566.L27 Z584 1999

  • Kendall, Tim. Sylvia Plath: a Critical Study. 2001.

                      Call Number: PS3566.L27 Z747 2001

  • Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. 1971.

                       Call Number: PS3566.L27 .B4 1996b

  • Wagner, Linda W. (ed). Critical Essays on Sylvia Plath. 1984.

                        Call Number: PS3566.L27 Z63 1984

LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms

  • Plath, Sylvia

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN771 .C59

                  o   Vol. 1, pg. 270

                  o   Vol. 2, pg. 336-37

                  o   Vol. 3, pg. 390-91

                  o   Vol. 5, pg. 342-44

                  o   Vol. 9, pg. 423-24, 432

                  o   Vol. 11, pg. 450-1

                  o   Vol. 17, pg. 345, 350-54, 356-8, 361, 364-65, 368

                  o   Vol. 50, pg. 439-42, 446, 448

                  o   Vol. 51, pg. 343, 350-51

                  o   Vol. 62, pg. 385-401, 404-29

                  o   Vol. 111, pg. 157-59, 161, 163-64, 166, 168, 178, 184, 187-95, 197-99, 213, 215

  • Magill’s Survey of American LiteratureCall Number: REF PS21 .M34 2007

                  o   Vol. 5, pg. 2071-73

  • Masterplots: Revised 2nd ed.Call Number: REF PN44. M33 1996

                  o        Vol. 1, pg. 574-77

  • Novels for StudentsCall Number: REF PN44 .N937

                  o        Vol. 1, pg. 22-42

Research Databases

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Last Revised on September 9, 2009

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