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Sylvia and Ted

A Novel
Tennant, Emma (Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 1 stars out of 5.
Sylvia and Ted
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A fictional re-creation of the turbulent courtship, marriage, and separation of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. In intense, dramatic prose, Emma Tennant unfolds a story of passion, conflict, and betrayal. Creating a series of unforgettable images she reconstructs the twentieth century's most famous literary love affair and the tempestuous triangle between Hughes, Plath, and Assia Wevill. Filled with mounting suspense and lurking danger, Sylvia and Ted is a tale that culminates in tragedy, leaving in its wake a hundred unanswered questions. Tennant was drawn to the subject partly as a result of her past relationship with Hughes -- and because of the legs that surround him and the two women who loved him. Though imaginative fiction, her novel vividly evokes the social and literary circles in which Plath and Hughes traveled and with the complexities, needs, and desires of three talented yet tortured people whose story continues to capture the imagination of readers.
Authors: Tennant, Emma
Title: Sylvia and Ted
a novel
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 177 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Emma Tennant
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
ISBN: 0805066756
Branch Call Number: FICTION TENNANT
Subject Headings: Poets Fiction Suicide victims Fiction Women poets Fiction Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction Wevill, Assia, 1927-1969 Fiction Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998 Fiction Plath, Sylvia Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Biographical fiction
Topical Term: Poets
Suicide victims
Women poets
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
LCCN: 00046195
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A fictional re-creation of the turbulent courtship, marriage, and separation of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.


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Jul 10, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The author, who had an affair with Ted Hughes in the 1970s, creates a fictionalized account of the relationships between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill. One must question the author's perspective. In any case, the account, particularly of Plath, did not ring true.

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