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The Bell Jar
NY, Harper & Row, (1971). The first American edition of Plath's largely autobiographical novel, which she originally published pseudonymously in England (as "Victoria Lucas") in hopes of avoiding the consequences of being recognized by her friends and neighbors, and their recognizing themselves in her book. The novel's clearcut exposition of its heroine's pain and attempted suicide was reinforced by the author's actual suicide (barely a month after publication), lending a mythic dimension to the book. Not published in the U.S. for nearly a decade after the original British publication (with this edition using the author's actual name). This is the first printing, without the number line on final page. Musty; near fine in a very good dust jacket with edge tears to the upper and lower front flap fold. [#035319] SOLD

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