Gerry Canavan

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Ted Hughes: Bastard?

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Within a period of six years, Ted Hughes faced the sudden deaths of four people dear to him. In February 1963 his estranged wife, Sylvia Plath, gassed herself in her kitchen following his affair with another woman, Assia Wevill. He was just 32 when he found himself in sole charge of their children, Frieda, who was three, and Nicholas, barely one year old.

Six years later, in March 1969, Wevill killed herself and Shura, their four-year-old daughter.
At that time, his mother Edith appeared to be getting on well after an operation on her knee, but Hughes was afraid that the news might affect her recovery. In the following weeks he shunned his parents, and did not visit, phone or write to them. When his father asked Olwyn, Hughes’s sister, what the matter was, she told him but made him vow to keep it a secret. But he could not keep silent and told his wife. Edith suffered a thrombosis, lapsed into a coma and died three days later. Ted was certain that Wevill’s suicide was the final blow.

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October 19, 2006 at 1:04 pm

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  1. “When he found himself in sole charge of their children, Frieda, who was three, and Nicholas, barely one year old”. Hmmm…..as was Sylvia previously…. in a foreign country, in the coldest winter on record, hormonally drenched after the birth of her son, with no phone, with two flu ridden kids, as her husband flitted around town in post coital bliss. When Sylvia killed herself, he moved his mistress into Sylvia’s bed 48 hours after her death…she looked after the kids and there she remained until he replaced her….and we all know what happened next.

    kat

    October 26, 2014 at 6:27 am


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