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A lover of unreason : the life and tragic death of Assia Wevill

Author: Yehuda Koren; Eilat Negev
Publisher: London : Robson, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Assia was my true wife, and the best friend I ever had' wrote a heartbroken Ted Hughes, after Assia Wevill had surrendered her life and that of their four-year-old daughter to the fumes from the gas oven in her London flat, in March 1969--just six years after Sylvia Plath had suffered a similar fate. Diva, she-devil, enchantress, muse: the exquisitely beautiful Assia Wevill inspired or provoked many epithets in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Nonfiction
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Koren, Yehuda.
Lover of unreason.
London : Robson, 2006
(OCoLC)607865859
Named Person: Assia Wevill; Ted Hughes; Ted Hughes; Sylvia Plath; Assia Wevill; Ted Hughes; Sylvia Plath; Assia Wevill
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yehuda Koren; Eilat Negev
ISBN: 9781861059741 1861059744
OCLC Number: 70173895
Description: xviii, 280 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: * The incredible story of Ted Hughes's deeply troubled lover received glowing reviews * A fascinating new perspective on Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath's relationship * A biography of great importance which will reshape Hughes & Plath's history * Now out in paperback!
Responsibility: Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev.

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'Assia was my true wife, and the best friend I ever had', wrote Ted Hughes, after his lover surrendered her life and that of their young daughter in 1969, six years after Sylvia Plath had suffered a  Read more...

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"Unforgettable in its intensity. Easily the best work ever on Hughes and his world. One of the most wonderfully well-written and powerful literary biographies I have encountered." Roger Lewis, Mail Read more...

 
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