• Her Husband

  • Hughes and Plath, A Marriage
  • By: Diane Middlebrook
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 19-03-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (14 ratings)


Ted Hughes married Sylvia Plath in 1956, at the outset of their brilliant careers. Plath's suicide six-and-a-half years later, for which many held Hughes accountable, changed his life, his closest relationships, his standing in the literary world, and brought new significance to his poetry. Middlebrook presents a portrait of Hughes as a man, as a poet, and as a husband haunted, and nourished, his entire life by the aftermath of his first marriage. How marriages fail and how men fail in marriages is one of the book's central themes.
©2003 Diane Middlebrook; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"Middlebrook's [book] is sure to be the gold standard. Astutely reasoned, fluidly written and developed with psychological acuity, the work is a sympathetically balanced assessment of two lives that flamed brightly with the incandescent fire of creative genius." (Publishers Weekly)
"The most balanced, most literary and interpretatively astute, and best-written analysis yet of the saga of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes." (Booklist)
"Sympathetic but resolutely unsentimental....intelligent, sensitive, at times harrowing." (Joyce Carol Oates, Washington Post Book World)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 16-02-10


This book is a treasure of information about both Plath and Hughes and their famous marriage but it is also a wonderful book to help understand their poetry even more, the backgrounds behind the poems is explained very well and it is a very balanced account of both of their lives, which can be difficult to find with so many anti-Hughes books out there!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bernadette on 02-12-04


absorbing analysis of the Plath/Hughes relationship. even a casual Plath fan will be pleased. well done.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Cushla Barry on 05-01-07

An interesting listen

This is a really interesting biography. If you're into Plath then this is a great listen. A little on the long side, but it does go into depth about the relationship between Hughes and Plath without a great deal of bias. This book shares a side of Plath not seen in other bios. Recommended.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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