Her husband: Hughes and Plath--a marriage
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.
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The marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes has been written about for decades, the riveting aspects of their relationship splashed tabloid style across the pages of popular biographies and recorded for posterity in more scholarly tomes of journals and letters. But Middlebrook (Anne Sexton) offers the reader and Plath/Hughes-ophile something new, exploring their working relationship in terms of their intimate one. Looking into what she refers to as their "call and response" poetry, Middlebrook discovers how some of Hughes's and Plath's most famous poems are linked with or responses to each other's writing. She traces the roots of their literary relationship to the beginning of their romance and continues through to Hughes's death in 1998. By opening up their poetic life, she finds what drew them together and what, in turn, keeps readers fascinated with them. Her impartiality to this polarizing subject is refreshing and perhaps aided by her bicontinental status. Recommended for all literature collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/03; see also "Must-Reads for Fall," p. 38.-Ed.]-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" ...
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