The Tragic Relationship of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
I was pleased to see my critical biography, Sylvia Plath: Method and dull letters and Judith Kroll's Hughes-sanctioned study of Plath's exciting literature [NYR, June 24]. if Karl Miller's “review” was superficial enough to merit inclusion in a were lifted from my book, including his final conviction that Plath. Ted Hughes is consistently described as one of the twentieth century's greatest It was also the day he met Sylvia Plath; they were married in four months. Five months later, they were married -- a stormy union that produced two Daniel Weissbort, a poetry scholar who knew Hughes at Cambridge, says "I never with Hamish -- "pale, pink and light blue eyes" -- at Miller's pub.
I was sent there by the [U. Ted came back to Cambridge and suddenly we found ourselves getting married a few months later… We kept writing poems to each other.
Then it just grew out of that, I guess, a feeling that we both were writing so much and having such a fine time doing it, we decided that this should keep on.
The following year, Plath and Hughes moved to the Massachusetts, where she taught at her alma mater, Smith College. It was a challenge for her to find the time and energy to write when she was teaching. By the end of after another move and extensive travel, the couple moved back to London. The couple had their first daughter, Frieda, on April 1st, So she was vulnerable, on alert, for someone like Hughes, who would seem, that night at the party, not just physically strong and dependable, but an intellectual equal, someone mature and successful.
He had published in St. And yet, ironically, Hughes was going through his own crisis where his identity as a writer was concerned, and found his job demeaning and stifling: In his letters, he comes across as stuck, guilty, his eyes hurting from reading the novels he has to adapt.
He was listless, thinking of moving to Hungary or Spain or Dublin, coming up with one half-hearted scheme after another for his escape from the monotony of a job which, he felt, prevented him from writing. He was drawn constantly back to Cambridge, not just by his girlfriend but by the comfort of that which had allowed him a full life of reading and writing as an undergrad: The prospect of St.
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For all the outward confidence with which they seem to have turned up at the party, each of them needed to find something or someone who would create for them the possibility of breaking through, of release. And yet that legend has endured. More critically, it was Stewart who accompanied her to the February 25, party at the Women's Union in Falcon's Yard where she had her first fateful encounter with another poet, Ted Hughes.Sylvia Plath Documentary--Part 1 of 6
Story continues below advertisement The brilliant but deeply troubled Plath, who later produced some of the 20th century's most powerful poems, went home that night with Stewart. But, as the journals reveal, she couldn't get Hughes out of her mind. Five months later, they were married -- a stormy union that produced two children and ended with her suicide in at the age of Weeks earlier, Hughes had left her for another woman, Assia Wevill, who killed herself in But no one who was part of their literary circle at Cambridge knows what became of Hamish Stewart, who enrolled there after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Que.
In fact, few even remember him. If Stewart is still alive, he'd now be in his late 60s. Smith University archivist Karen Kukil, who edited the Plath journals, says she has been able to find no trace of Stewart, despite exhaustive research. Cambridge's Queen's College, where Stewart earned a second bachelor of arts degree inhas no records indicating where he went after graduating. Lucas Myers, a U.
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Canada's High Commissioner to London, Roy MacLaren, who was a year-old student at Cambridge in and secretary of the strong Canadian club -- and had one date with Plath -- says he can't even recollect Stewart's name. It was, he says, a case of unrequited love. I cannot remember anything about him, even what he looked like.
Unfortunately, I've no idea what became of him after Cambridge.
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I knew all those guys, but not him. Botolphe's Review, a new literary magazine to which they had all contributed.
It was there she first read Hughes' poetry.