Sylvia and Ted

Sylvia and Ted

A Novel

Book - 2001
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A fictional re-creation of the turbulent courtship, marriage, and separation of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

In intense, dramatic prose, Emma Tennant unfolds a story of passion, conflict, and betrayal. Creating a series of unforgettable images she reconstructs the twentieth century's most famous literary love affair and the tempestuous triangle between Hughes, Plath, and Assia Wevill. Filled with mounting suspense and lurking danger, Sylvia and Ted is a tale that culminates in tragedy, leaving in its wake a hundred unanswered questions.

Tennant was drawn to the subject partly as a result of her past relationship with Hughes -- and because of the legs that surround him and the two women who loved him. Though imaginative fiction, her novel vividly evokes the social and literary circles in which Plath and Hughes traveled and with the complexities, needs, and desires of three talented yet tortured people whose story continues to capture the imagination of readers.
Publisher: Ney York : Henry Holt and Co., 2001.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780805066753
Branch Call Number: FIC/Tenna 6173mb 1
Characteristics: 177 p.


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Jul 10, 2013

The author, who had an affair with Ted Hughes in the 1970s, creates a fictionalized account of the relationships between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill. One must question the author's perspective. In any case, the account, particularly of Plath, did not ring true.

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