The Bell Jar Interesting Facts

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Menu

The Bell Jar was almost never published in the United States. It was first published in 1963 in England, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas (although everyone in literary London knew who the real author was). Plath committed suicide only about a month later. Her volume of poetry, Ariel, was published posthumously in 1964 to almost universal critical and popular acclaim. Plath’s husband had promised Plath’s mother it would never be published in American during her lifetime because of its roman à clef elements (a novel where real people are depicted under disguise). With several publishing houses competing, the one which owned the rights to the novel convinced Mrs. Plath to change her mind, and it was published in 1971.

After her death, The It-Doesn’t-Matter-Suit, a book for children, was discovered among her papers and published. The story features Max Nix, a resident of Winkelberg, who happily acquires a “woolly, whiskery brand-new mustard-yellow suit.”