The story of 20-year-old Sylvia Plath’s “real whirl” in 1953 Manhattan.
By Cara Parks
Sylvia Plath on her first day at Mademoiselle
Photo by Landshoff / Mademoiselle © Conde Nast
“I was supposed to be having the time of my life,” Sylvia Plath’s young protagonist sighs in the 1963 classic The Bell Jar. Sulking, acerbic Esther Greenwood—Holden Caulfield in a shantung sheath—is in Manhattan, supposedly “having a real whirl,” but is actually spending most of her time obsessing over executions and stuffing herself with expensive condiments. “I just bumped from my hotel to work and to parties and ...