Sylvia Plath, who grew up in Wellesley and wrote "The Bell Jar," took her life in February 1953.
Bell Jar 50th Anniversary
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Sylvia Plath, who grew up in Wellesley and wrote "The Bell Jar," took her life in February 1963. Wellesley College is celebrating with an art installation.
Fifty years ago, a Wellesley resident and artist took her life in a small London flat, and soon after became a feminist icon. Sylvia Plath, poet and author of "The Bell Jar," died on Feb. 11, 1963. Plath sealed the door to her childrens' room, left a note for her neighbor to call her doctor, placed her head on a towel in the oven, and let gas fill the room. You can read "Edge," thought to be Plath's final poem, on the Guardian. Before her death, she published the 1960 collection of poems "Colossus and Other Poems," and published 1963's "The Bell Jar" under the pseudonym, Victoria Lucas, in January of that year. Plath's name did not appear on the book until the 1967 edition. While living in Wellesley in 1953, Plath attempted suicide by …