Quotes from book
The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia Plath. Originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. The book is often regarded as a roman à clef because the protagonist's descent into mental illness parallels Plath's own experiences with what may have been clinical depression or bipolar II disorder. Plath died by suicide a month after its first UK publication. The novel was published under Plath's name for the first time in 1967 and was not published in the United States until 1971, in accordance with the wishes of both Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, and her mother. The novel has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.


Sylvia Plath photo

„I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.“

—  Sylvia Plath, book The Bell Jar

Variant: I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.
Source: The Bell Jar (1963), Ch. 20

Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Similar authors

Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath340
American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963
Rudyard Kipling photo
Rudyard Kipling197
English short-story writer, poet, and novelist
Luigi Pirandello photo
Luigi Pirandello7
Italian dramatist, novelist, short story writer, and poet, …
Sinclair Lewis photo
Sinclair Lewis136
American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright
Doris Lessing photo
Doris Lessing94
British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer …
W. Somerset Maugham photo
W. Somerset Maugham157
British playwright, novelist, short story writer
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald408
American novelist and screenwriter
Italo Calvino photo
Italo Calvino44
Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels
Ivo Andrič photo
Ivo Andrič16
novelist, short story writer
Julio Cortázar photo
Julio Cortázar28
Argentinian writer
Similar authors
Sylvia Plath photo
Sylvia Plath340
American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963
Rudyard Kipling photo
Rudyard Kipling197
English short-story writer, poet, and novelist
Luigi Pirandello photo
Luigi Pirandello7
Italian dramatist, novelist, short story writer, and poet, …
Sinclair Lewis photo
Sinclair Lewis136
American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright
Doris Lessing photo
Doris Lessing94
British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer …