Window Shopper | Oh, Sweet Sylvia

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OhSweetSylviaGuide1. Ariel: Poems by Sylvia Plath First American Edition 1966
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath vintage paperback
3.  Vintage Woven Leather Flats – Size 11
4.  Vintage Style Floral Turban Headband
5.  Vintage Deadstock Black Clubmaster Eye Glasses
6.  Vintage 1950s Straw Hat
7.  Calligraphy Starter Kit
8.  Busy Bee Brooch
9.  Vintage Glass Cloche Bell Jar Dome
10. Long Wool Skirt
11.  Crazy Horse Leather Bag
12. Vintage 1950s Black Lace Gloves
13. Vintage Typewriter Oliveti Lettera 22

So, my obsession with Ms. Plath has reached new highs of late, so much so that my Etsy favorites are channeling her vibe super hard. Decided to put together this little wishlist of Plath-ian goodies that I’m pretty sure Sylvia would have approved of. That vintage Oliveti typewriter is just like one Plath used. She was so fond of writing letters, I imagine her handwriting was impeccable, so I included a little Calligraphy starter kit to prettify your poetry. That darling bumble bee brooch is an homage to her father, whose work with bees Sylvia much admired. And of course, what Sylvia-themed wishlist would be complete without copies of her most famous works, The Bell Jar and a first addition copy of Ariel.

Book Report | Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

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With the recent 52-year anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s suicide, I decided to revisit her haunting memoir of a young woman slipping into madness. While re-reading this dark and deeply relatable novel for the first time since my early teens, I found myself just as profoundly moved by it as I had been as a young woman. I, like many other young women struggling with depression and a sense of uncertainty, felt such kinship to the novels protagonist, Esther Greenwood. A feminist in a time when the word was still dirty, her maddening desire to be something more than a supporting character in a man’s story left her confused, frustrated and unsure of what to do with her life instead. Esther’s struggle stems from the futility of all her education and effort in the face of what society viewed as her inevitable tethering to a man, children and a home. But it is also with her indecision, her uncertainty over which path to choose. The scene depicting this is expertly illustrated in the cartoon below.

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