16 Sylvia Plath Tattoos Bookworms Will Love

Sylvia Plath had a way with words that few other writers do. Her poetry speaks volumes, and The Bell Jar — her only novel — is a semi-autobiographical story that depicts mental illness in a heartbreakingly honest way. Her works are must reads, and fans of the author have shown their love for Plath in the most lasting way — through beautiful tattoos that reference her writings. With the exciting news that Kirsten Dunst will be directing Dakota Fanning (who will play lead Esther Greenwood) in a film adaptation of The Bell Jar, we rounded up some of the best Plath-inspired literary ink out there.

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"Curious French Cat" Sylvia Plath Drawing

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Bell Jar

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"I Am" Wrist Tattoo

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Fig Bell Jar Quote

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"Lady Lazarus" Poem

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Sylvia Plath Flower Tattoo

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Lisa Simpson Reading The Bell Jar

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"Out of the Ash I Rise With My Red Hair" "Lady Lazarus" Quote

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"I Am, I Am, I Am" Rib Tattoo

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"I Am" Heart Tattoo

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Fig Tattoo

"I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story . . ."

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Sylvia Plath Bell Jar Tattoos

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Sylvia Plath Flower

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Anatomical Heart and "I Am, I Am, I Am" Quote