Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet by Elaine Feinstein
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ISBN: 9780297646013 / 029764601X - Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet by Elaine Feinstein. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001. Hardcover. Used, Excellent condition. 273 pp. (No DJ)
Ted Hughes is one of the greatest English poets of this century. He was a natural countryman who had a sharp eye for the natural world, a dislike of technology and a fascination with primitive cultures. But it is for his marriage to the American poet Sylvia Plath that he is best known. Their seven-year marriage marked his whole life and he never entirely recovered from her suicide in 1963, though he chose to remain silent on the subject for more than 30 years.
In this biography Feinstein argues that they were both flawed geniuses and that the truth about the failure of their marriage must incorporate her fragility and his recklessness.
This is the first biography of Hughes since his death in 1999.
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