Her Husband

  • by Diane Middlebrook
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-03-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.