Jeffrey Altepeter
Katy Baum
Elizabeth Curran Boody
Denise Carbone
Valerie Carrigan
Rebecca Chamlee
Gabby Cooksey
Coleen Curry
Debra Disman
Mark Esser
Casey Gardner
Don Glaister
Virginia Green
Penelope Hall
Karen Hanmer
Jon Hinkel
Susan Hulme
Lang Ingalls
Caitlin Jochym
Peggy Johnston
Andrea Krupp
Monique Lallier
Beth Lee
Sue Huggins Leopard
Christine Manwiller
Emily Martin
Christopher McAfee
Natalie Naor
Tara O'Brien
Patricia Owen
Graham Patten
Todd Pattison
Rebecca Philio
Patricia Sargent
Suzanne Sawyer
Jackie Scott
Judy Sgantas
Sarah Smith
Therese Swift-Hahn
Deborah Thompson
Claire Van Vliet
Peter Verheyen
Robert Walp
Thomas Parker Williams
Charles Wisseman
Rutherford Witthus

Elizabeth Curran Boody
South Royalton, Vermont

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Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's semi-autobiographical novel about a young woman, Esther Greenwood, struggling to free herself from a bell jar of cultural expectations and her own self-doubt. Esther uses a metaphorical fig tree to describe many life paths she can choose - career, family, traveling - and in each dropped fig, she sees a missed opportunity. At a crossroads in her young life, choosing a "fig" will determine the rest of her journey and the formation of her identity. Meanwhile, figs continue to drop at her feet.

Full goatskin binding with calf and goat onlays embroidered with cotton thread, rolled leather endbands, and Madeleine Durham paste papers. 8.75 x 5.5 x 1 inches. 22 x 14 x 2.5 centimeters. Created 2018.

ELIZABETH CURRAN BOODY is the assistant conservator at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and resides in a small town in Vermont. Her bookbinding knowledge and interest in conservation began at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts.