Sylvia and Ted

A Novel

Emma Tennant

A John Macrae Book

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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.

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Sylvia and Ted
ONEThree Childhoods and a SuicideThe Oceanic FeelingApril 27, 1935It's a beautiful sunny day. Maybe it's the first day of summer, but there are no boats yet on the water and it's just as cold and gray far out as ever it was before the beginning of this day of secrets.Even Sylvia's favorite pebbles--those amethysts in an earlobe of white stone that sparkle and glow at low tide--don't know yet that the yellow flowers are out on the broom and that the sand by the edge of the cliffs is almost warm. Once the sludge of winter down by the tidemark lightens in color like drying hair and

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Emma Tennant

Emma Tennant's previous books include The Bad Sister, Two Women of London, Faustine, Strangers: A Family Romance, and Pemberley, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. She has written of her relationship with Ted Hughes in Burnt Diaries. She lives in London.

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Sylvia and Ted
A Novel
Emma Tennant

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
May 2001
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466819580
ISBN10: 1466819588
192 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
May 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805066753
ISBN10: 0805066756
5 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$22.00
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