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Her Husband

Hughes and Plath--a Marriage
Middlebrook, Diane Wood (Book - 2003 )
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Ted Hughes married Sylvia Plath in 1956, at the outset of their brilliant careers. Plath's suicide six and a half years later, for which many held Hughes accountable, changed his life, his closest relationships, his standing in the literary world, and the style and substance of his verse. In this stunning new biography of their marriage, Diane Middlebrook presents a portrait of Hughes as a man, as a poet, and as a husband haunted-and nourished-his entire life by the aftermath of his first marriage. Drawing on a trove of newly available papers Middlebrook presents Hughes as a complicated, conflicted figure: sexually magnetic, fiercely ambitious, immensely caring, and shrewd in business. She argues that Plath's suicide, though it devastated Hughes and made him vulnerable to the savage attacks of Plath's growing readership, ultimately gave him his true subject-how marriages fail and how men fail in marriage. Writing with the penetrating insight and lucid sympathy that informed her previous bestselling biographies, Middlebrook rises to the multiple challenges presented by this highly fraught, deeply controversial subject. Her Husbandis a triumph of the biographer's art and craft.
Authors: Middlebrook, Diane Wood, 1939-2007
Title: Her husband
Hughes and Plath--a marriage
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
Characteristics: xx, 361 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Diane Middlebrook
ISBN: 0670031879
Branch Call Number: B-Hu874m 2003
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-350) and index
Subject Headings: Authors' spouses Great Britain Biography Married people Great Britain Biography Poets, American 20th century Biography Poets, English 20th century Biography Plath, Sylvia Marriage Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998 Marriage
Topical Term: Authors' spouses
Married people
Poets, American
Poets, English
LCCN: 2003053768
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Ted Hughes married Sylvia Plath in 1956, at the outset of their brilliant careers. Plath's suicide six and a half years later, for which many held Hughes accountable, changed his life, his closest relationships, his standing in the literary world, and the style and substance of his verse. In this... Read More »


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