Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath And The Story Of The Birthday Letters

Authors: Erica Wagner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Keywords: story, birthday, letters, plath, sylvia, gift, hughes, ariel
Pages: 312
Published: 2001-05
Language: English
Category: Authors, Arts & Literature, Biographies & Memoirs,
ISBN-10: 0393020096     ISBN-13: 9780393020090
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: 25.95 USD
  • Rating: 80%
When Ted Hughes's "Birthday Letters" was published in 1998, it was greeted with astonishment and acclaim, and immediately became a bestseller. Few suspected that Hughes had been at work for a quarter of a century on this cycle of poems addressed to his first wife, Sylvia Plath. Erica Wagner explores the destructive relationship between the two poets through their lives and their writings. She provides a commentary to the poems in "Birthday Letters", showing the events that shaped them and showing how they draw upon Plath's own work.


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