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Her Husband: Hughes and Plath: A Marriage

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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 Husband is a triumph of the biographer's art and craft.

Review:

"Sympathetic but resolutely unsentimental...intelligent, sensitive, at times harrowing." Joyce Carol Oates, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"The author makes insightful comments about each poet's writing, about their individual artistic growth, and about their collaborations....Some somber new brushstrokes darken an already dismal painting." Kirkus Reviews

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"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." Library Journal

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[O]ne would be tempted to groan at this latest exhumation — if only it weren't so transfixing a tale." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

In this stunning new biography of the marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, 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.

Synopsis:

Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath were husband and wife; they were also two of the most remarkable poets of the twentieth century. In this stunning new account of their marriage, Diane Middlebrook draws on a trove of newly available papers to craft a beautifully written portrait of Hughes as a man, as a poet, and as a husband haunted?and nourished?his entire life by his relationship to Sylvia Plath.

Her Husband is a triumph of the biographer?s art and an up-close look at a couple who saw each other as the means to becoming who they wanted to be: writers and mythic representations of a whole generation.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-350) and index.

About the Author

Diane Middlebrook is the author of two highly praised, bestselling biographies, Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton and Anne Sexton: A Biography, which was a National Book Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Table of Contents

Her Husband Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Becoming Her Husband

Chapter One: Meeting (1956)

Ted Huge

Flashy American

The "Dairy I"

Chapter Two: Romance (1956)

The White Goddess: Song

Plath's Idyll

"To Ariadne, Deserted by Theseus"

Chapter Three: His Family (1956)

Leo

William Henry Hughes (1894-1981)

Edith Farrar Hughes (1898-1969)

Gerald Hughes (1920- )

Chapter Four: Struggling (1956-1963)br> Rabbit Stew

Silent Strangers

Complicated Animals

Earth Mother

The Luxury of Solitude

Chapter Five: Prospering (1957-1963)

Money

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

Literary London

Homemaking

Literary Lion

Fertility

Chapter Six: Separating (1962- )

The Rabbit Catcher

He Said, She Said>

Chapter Seven: Parting (1962-1963)

Plath Turns Thirty: Ariel

"Daddy"

London on Her Own

Doubletake

Chapter Eight: Husbandry (1963-1998)

Hughes's Tribe

Hughes's Ariel

The Wodwo and the Crow

Stewardship

Chapter Nine: Curing Himself (1967-1998)

Knot of Obsessions

Sinking into the Folk-Tale

From Relic Husband to Her Husband

Chapter Ten: The Magical Dead (1984-1998)

Poet of England

The Drama of Completion

Coda: Naked (1998- )

Sources and Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670031870
Subtitle:
Hughes and Plath: A Marriage
Author:
Middlebrook, Diane
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Poets, English
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Authors' spouses
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
107-16
Publication Date:
20031013
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos and illustrations throughout
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.34x6.28x1.26 in. 1.47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Viking Books - English 9780670031870 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sympathetic but resolutely unsentimental...intelligent, sensitive, at times harrowing."
"Review" by , "The author makes insightful comments about each poet's writing, about their individual artistic growth, and about their collaborations....Some somber new brushstrokes darken an already dismal painting."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[O]ne would be tempted to groan at this latest exhumation — if only it weren't so transfixing a tale."
"Synopsis" by , In this stunning new biography of the marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath were husband and wife; they were also two of the most remarkable poets of the twentieth century. In this stunning new account of their marriage, Diane Middlebrook draws on a trove of newly available papers to craft a beautifully written portrait of Hughes as a man, as a poet, and as a husband haunted?and nourished?his entire life by his relationship to Sylvia Plath.

Her Husband is a triumph of the biographer?s art and an up-close look at a couple who saw each other as the means to becoming who they wanted to be: writers and mythic representations of a whole generation.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-350) and index.
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