Her Husband

Her Husband

Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath–A Marriage

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142004876
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

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.



Praise

Diane MiddlebrookÆs shrewd and compelling biography . . . is a book of mysteries, delicately revealed. (O Magazine)

A deep, rich, and satisfying biography of a marriageù harrowing and ironic, playful and grave. (The Washington Post Book World)

Unquestionably the best book written thus far on these complicated geniuses. (The Baltimore Sun)

Table of Contents

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

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