RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 77006334 LA English T1 Lover of unreason : Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's rival and Ted Hughes's doomed love A1 Koren, Yehuda., Negev, Eilat., PB Carroll & Graf Publishers PP New York YR 2007 SN 0786718617 9780786718610 AB This volume is a biography of German-born Assia Wevill (1927-1969). She is known for her romantic relationship with English poet Ted Hughes. Wevill killed herself and also her four-year-old daughter. Six years earlier, Hughes's wife Sylvia Plath had also committed suicide. The authors describe the early life of thrice-married Wevill. Born in Berlin and raised in Tel Aviv, she married to a British soldier in order to gain a British passport, Wevill was, as the authors demonstrate, a smoldering femme fatale, highly intelligent, witty and talented. While the authors don't whitewash Wevill's volatile, self-absorbed personality or her serial adulteries, they do contradict the widespread impression that she was the initial seducer of Hughes. An important book for Hughes scholars, primarily for the authors' exclusive 1996 interview with the poet, in which he identified the poems he wrote alluding to Wevill after her death. Newly revealed letters and interviews reinforce previous accounts of Hughes's sexual attraction and the dedicated philandering that drove two women to suicide. "My true wife and the best friend I ever had," wrote Ted Hughes after the suicide of Assia Wevill in 1969. Long seen as the woman who lured Hughes away from Sylvia Plath, Wevill has remained a mysterious figure. Now, for the first time we are given the story of her remarkable life and the seven years she spent with Hughes before killing herself, and their daughter, in a manner that inevitably recalled Plath's suicide six years earlier." From the bookjacket.