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50th anniversary edition of The Bell Jar sparks anger for repackaging it as 'chick lit'

Posted at 12:09PM Sunday 03 Feb 2013

The publishers of an anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath's only novel, a painful account of depression that mirrored the author's own before her suicide, stand accused of repackaging it as glorified "chick lit".

The new cover of The Bell Jar, revealed by Faber 50 years after it was first published, shows a woman fixing her makeup.

A damning critique of the design on the London Review of Books website has triggered a wave of criticism.

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