BOSTON-born writer and poet Sylvia Plath was best known for her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.
Now, the BBC are launching a new documentary based on her tragic life. Here’s everything you need to know…
Alamy American author and poet Sylvia Plath only ever released one novel before her death in 1963
When is Life Inside The Bell Jar on BBC Two?
The BBC has yet to confirm the release date for the new documentary.
However, it is anticipated to air later this year.
When was Sylvia Plath’s novel published?
Published in 1963, The Bell Jar was the only novel written by Plath before she ended her life in 1963, aged 30.
The book is semi-autobiographical and follows the life of a young woman named Esther Greenwood, who starts a summer internship at a New York magazine.
While Esther is expected to be stimulated and inspired by the big city, she finds the experiencing disorienting and there is a clear sense of ennui throughout her time there.
Adding some historical context, Esther muses over the execution of the Rosenbergs, coming back to it over and over.
Returning home to Massachusetts after the summer, she’s equally disillusioned and lethargic as she learns she’s not made it onto a prestigious writing course.
Instead, she attempts to write a book at home and sets up an office in her mother’s garden.
Esther becomes increasingly depressed and is plagued with insomnia, which prompts her mother to recommend a psychiatrist.
The psychiatrist, Dr Gordon, then prescribes her electrotherapy.
Her mental state gradually destabilises after this, and Esther makes several suicide attempts.
She then spends time in an asylum and is issued more shock therapy by her new, female psychiatrist, Dr Nolan.
During her psychotherapy sessions, Esther opens up to Dr Nolan about her fears of motherhood and falling pregnant.
Over time, Esther’s mental state seems to stabilise somewhat, and the novel ends with some hope for Esther.
Everett Plath tragically ended her own life at her house in Primrose Hill, London