This week 50 years ago, the first edition of The Bell Jar was published in England under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. It didn’t make it to the United States until 1971, because Aurelia Plath was embarrassed by what her daughter had to say about her family. But make it to the States (as well as many other countries) it did, and in the last half century years, Sylvia Plath’s one and only novel has become a cult favorite, a classroom staple, and a source of inspiration and solace for thousands of young people.
The Velvet Underground and Nico may have nabbed the most iconic Warhol cover ever, but these other ten shouldn’t be overlooked.
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Cover illustration by Peter Palombi / photographed by Jim Miller.
“This book is my fiftieth birthday present to myself. I feel as though I am crossing the spine of a pitched roof—having ascended one slope. I am programmed at fifty to perform childishly—to insult “The Star-Spangled Banner,” to scrawl pictures of a Nazi flag and an asshole and a lot of other things with a felt-tipped pen…” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Anyone case to join us for a big bowl of Vonnegut?
"Churchill Was Right." The Atlantic, July 1954.