The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Sylvia Plath originally published The Bell Jar in London under a pseudonym, Victoria Lucas. She did not want the novel published in America in her mother's lifetime because of its potentially hurtful material. The novel wasn't published in America until 1971. (Source)
Sylvia Plath's first poem was published at the tender age of 8 in the Boston Herald. (Source)
Sylvia Plath's first meeting with her husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, was very dramatic. She met him while on a Fulbright Scholarship at Cambridge University, in England. She walked up to him, introduced herself and recited his own poems to him. They instantly connected and eventually made out, with Plath biting him on the cheek until he bled. (Source)
Sylvia Plath is perhaps best known as a poet. Her poetry is notable for its visceral imagery and feminist themes. A couple of her most famous poems are "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus."