5 Authors Who Lived With Mental Illness

5 Authors Who Lived With Mental Illness

Author's Corner Book Culture

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in may since 1949. This month is meant to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience. For that reason, in this article we’re talking about 5 famous authors who lived with mental illness, and how that affected their work. [Trigger warning for depression, and suicide.] 1. Silvia Plath Silvia Plath is perhaps one of the most famous examples of an author with mental illness. Her life and work were greatly affected by her illness; there is even something called the …

Book Sales Climb as Readers Seek To Escape

Book Sales Climb as Readers Seek To Escape

COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, and book sales are climbing as a result. Readers seek to escape the uncertain world and distract themselves through all forms of literature. Citizens in the United Kingdom are gathering novels, puzzle books, study guides, and coloring books as they prepare for long periods of social isolation. Fiction sales are up by a third and children’s books rise 234%, while stores like Waterstones are seeing a 400% weekly rise of online sales. image via bbc news     It’s not just genres that seem to be on the rise, classic titles like The Great …

The Bell Jar’s Influence: Anniversary Edition

The Bell Jar’s Influence: Anniversary Edition

The first line in The Bell Jar is a hook: “It was a… sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The person speaking is Esther Greenwood, a smart, straight-A, dark-humored and, as the story goes on, depressed protagonist. The book was published in London on January 14th, 1963 under a pseudonym Victoria Lucas, one month before the actual author, Sylvia Plath, committed suicide. People had to wait almost a decade for its publication in The United States. It is the only novel Plath ever wrote. image via vintag.es …