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.
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.
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Becoming Her Husband
Chapter One: Meeting (1956)
The "Dairy I"
Chapter Two: Romance (1956)
The White Goddess: Song
"To Ariadne, Deserted by Theseus"
Chapter Three: His Family (1956)
William Henry Hughes (1894-1981)
Edith Farrar Hughes (1898-1969)
Gerald Hughes (1920- )
Chapter Four: Struggling (1956-1963)brRabbit Stew
The Luxury of Solitude
Chapter Five: Prospering (1957-1963)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
Chapter Six: Separating (1962- )
The Rabbit Catcher
He Said, She Said
Chapter Seven: Parting (1962-1963)
Plath Turns Thirty: Ariel
London on Her Own
Chapter Eight: Husbandry (1963-1998)
The Wodwo and the Crow
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- )
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