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Her Husband: Hughes and Plath: A Marriage
 
 
Author
Diane Middlebrook.
Publisher Abacus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 5.6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780349115924
Pages/Publication Date 362/2003
Daedalus Item Code 32427
List Price: Import
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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, and his standing in the literary world, and brought new significance to his poetry. In this stunning biography of their marriage, Diane Middlebrook renders a portrait of Hughes as a man, as a poet and as a husband, haunted—and creatively fed—through the rest of his life by the aftermath of his first marriage. 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—recreating himself for posterity through his marriage to Sylvia Plath and his struggles within his own historical circumstances.

"Joining the recent spate of books about Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, all of which concern the sources of their poetry and their dysfunctional marriage, Middlebrook's is sure to be the gold standard. Astutely reasoned, fluidly written and developed with psychological acuity, the work is a sympathetically balanced assessment of two lives that flamed brightly with the incandescent fire of creative genius ... suggesting that neither would have produced his or her best poetry without the other."—Publishers Weekly

 
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