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Her Husband by Diane Wood Middlebrook
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Aug 16, 2010

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A pretty interesting account of the Plath-Hughes marriage and Hughes' efforts, after her death, to come to terms with her significance in his life. I have to say I was astonished by the number of affairs Hughes had with women throughout his life--he sure doesn't seem to take the ol' marriage bond too seriously. I couldn't believe how many times he cheated on his various wives. So, lots of juicy detail here. I did think the author drew too much from Hughes' final book, "Birthday Letters," in analyzing his feelings about Plath. However, the author does point out a lot of intriguing parallels between Plath and Hughes poems. Much of "Ariel" is in dialogue with Hughes' poems being published at that time, which I didn't know. And much of "Birthday Letters" relies on images Plath used. So, an interesting book if one is curious how a literary marriage might work--it was neat to see how their poems mutally impacted each other.

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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben To quote Tom Cable, "The more I learn about Ted Hughes the less I like him."

Leanna HA! Exactly. Well put, Professor Cable!

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