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New “Bell Jar” cover ignites controversy, inspires parodies

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar," a dark, semi-autobiographical novel about a young woman's struggle with mental illness, UK publisher Faber decided to issue a new cover. This sounds appropriate -- exciting, in fact -- except that the cover is an ultra-feminine stock photo of a woman applying makeup (pictured above, right).

The London Review of Books weighs in on the controversy:

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