Sylvia and Ted by Emma Tennant

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A fictional re-creation of the turbulent courtship, marriage, and separation of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

In intense, dramatic prose, Emma Tennant unfolds a story of passion, conflict, and betrayal. Creating a series of unforgettable images she reconstructs the twentieth century's most famous literary love affair and the tempestuous triangle between Hughes, Plath, and Assia Wevill. Filled with mounting suspense and lurking danger, Sylvia and Ted is a tale that culminates in tragedy, leaving in its wake a hundred unanswered questions.

Tennant was drawn to the subject partly as a result of her past relationship with Hughes -- and because of the legs that surround him and the two women who loved him. Though imaginative fiction, her novel vividly evokes the social and literary circles in which Plath and Hughes traveled and with the complexities, needs, and desires of three talented yet tortured people whose story continues to capture the imagination of readers.


About Emma Tennant

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Emma Tennant is best known for a postmodern approach to her fiction, which often gives a dreamlike twist to classic stories. Her books include a sequel to Pride and Prejudice called Pemberley and Thornfield Hall: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story.
Published May 12, 2001 by Henry Holt and Co.. 120 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Ballad of Sylvia and Ted Emma Tennant Mainstream £12.99, pp176 It sounds a terrible idea.

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Her psychological insights into Plath's and Wevill's troubled personalities, which at first may seem gratuitously grim, shed light on their early experiences and emotional conditioning, and become more appropriate as Plath, Hughes and Wevill mature.

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