Ariel's Gift

Ariel's Gift

Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters

Book - 2001
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When Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters was published in 1998, it was greeted with astonishment and acclaim, immediately landing on the bestseller list. Few suspected that Hughes had been at work for a quarter of a century on this cycle of poems addressed to his first wife, Sylvia Plath. In Ariel's Gift, Erica Wagner explores the destructive relationship between these two poets through their lives and their writings. She provides a commentary to the poems in Birthday Letters, showing the events that shaped them and, crucially, showing how they draw upon Plath's own work. "Both narratively engaging and scholastically comprehensive."--Thomas Lynch, Los Angeles Times "Wagner has set the poems of Hughes's Birthday Letters in the context of his marriage to Plath with great delicacy."--Times Literary Supplement
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2001
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393020090
0393020096
Branch Call Number: 821.9 H894wa 2001
Characteristics: 312 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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This explores the writing of both Plath and Hughes and how their relationship played a heavy role.


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