Cover Demise: ‘The Bell Jar’ Through the Years

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which has seen many reissues throughout the years.  This is one book that the publishers just seem to want to keep giving a facelift when there really is no need.  Here is the steady decline of a cover of a classic, which I suppose mirrors the decline of the character within its pages…

The Iconic Cover by Bantam, introduced in the 1970s

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Originally published by Faber & Faber, who has seemed to miss the point of the story more each decade.  See for yourself:

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1960s

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1980s

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1990s

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2005

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2009

And Now…This:

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2013.  Happy 50th, The Bell Jar.  You have been officially chick-lit-ed throughout the years.  Nothing says ‘serious classic novel’ like a woman staring into a compact applying makeup.  What is this book about?  Eh.  Who cares?  Must be some lady thing.  Nothing important here.  Thank you Faber & Faber for slowly marginalizing this iconic book throughout its 50 years.  One small step for chick-lit, one giant leap backward for womankind.  Sigh.

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