Gwyneth Paltrow stars in a new biopic about the stormy romance between American artist Sylvia Plath and her husband, Ted Hughes, who was born in West Yorkshire. The actress plays Plath, who died at age 30 after committing suicide and shooting herself in the head. Hughes survived with injuries that didn't kill him immediately. Their son, Thomas "Tom" Hughes, now 8 years old, lives with his father.
Plath's family moved to America when she was a child, and she grew up in Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard University, she moved to London, where she married Hughes. The couple had a daughter together named Frieda. In 1952, they returned to England, where Plath began writing poems that would make her famous. In 1959, she killed herself and Hughes divorced three years later.
He married again but never had more children. At age 70, he married British author Elizabeth Spink. They also lived in America until his death in 1998 at the age of 88. Since then, several books have been written about their relationship.
Plath is considered by many to be an important poet and prose writer of the 20th century. She is best known for her poetry collection, "A Collection of Poems," which was published just months before her death at the age of 30.
While Sylvia Plath was caring for their two small children in Devon, Ted Hughes was having an affair in London with the lovely Assia Wevill. The poet confessed in July 1962. Sylvia shares the misery of their break-up in previously revealed letters to her old therapist in America...
Hughes had met Assia at a party in London when she was working as a nanny. They soon started an affair that continued even after Sylvia and the children came to live in North Devon. As soon as he could, Hughes moved out of their rented house and into a flat nearby where he spent most of his time with Assia.
The couple were married on 5 February 1941 in St Bride's Church in London but their marriage only lasted five months. During that time, they had a son named Christopher Robin who was born in April 1942. After the birth of their son, Assia decided to leave her husband and return to England. She took Chris with her but agreed to send for Sylvia and the children once she had found employment here. However, Assia never sent for them and she and Hughes separated for good in December 1942.
After the divorce, Hughes tried to win Sylvia back by sending her gifts and begging her to come back but she refused. Instead, she began writing poems which earned her some money. In 1955, she published her first collection of poems titled 'Ariel' which became a success.
Plath had conflicting feelings about her father in the aftermath of WWII, writing in her notebook in 1958: "He... In the poem, she also expressed her rage at Ted Hughes, the poet who abandoned her, and blamed her recurring despair on her Oedipal preoccupation with her father. She wrote: "I want to smash his face - / The face that made me.
But later that year, when asked by a reporter if she liked her father, she replied: "Yes, very much so. He's very sweet."
Hughes died in January 1963, a few months before Plath would kill herself at age 30. She'd been suffering from depression since childhood when her mother was killed in a car accident when Sylvia was seven years old. Her father then married another woman, who had three children of her own. The marriage only lasted five years before it ended in divorce. After this second marriage fell apart, Hughes moved in with his new wife and their children. This family life may have contributed to Sylvia's depression; perhaps feeling like an outsider, she turned against herself.
In addition to being depressed, Sylvia suffered from anxiety disorders her whole life. At times she would feel so afraid that she could not go on living that she would attempt suicide by jumping out of windows or drowning herself in the bathtub. She tried to commit suicide again in 1978 at the age of 42, but failed.
Their relationship was turbulent. Plath detailed the torture she endured at his hands in her writings. They divorced in 1962 after having two children. ...
|Born||October 27, 1932 Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Died||February 11, 1963 (aged 30) London, England|
|Resting place||Heptonstall Church, England|
Sylvia Plath was an American writer whose best-known works, including the poems "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus," as well as the novel The Bell Jar, vividly portray a sense of alienation and self-destruction that has resonated with many readers since the mid-twentieth century. Her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30 created a literary legend that continues to grow more popular today.
Plath's poetry and prose have been widely cited by other authors since their first publication. She has also become a feminist icon, with critics citing her work as helping to break down barriers for women in literature.
In addition to being considered one of the most important American poets of the 20th century, Plath has been cited by other writers as an influence on their own work. In 1970, Joan Baez included a cover version of "Daddy" on her album Daddy Never Goes Wrong.
More than 40 years after her death, Plath remains relevant today because of the quality of her writing and the intensity of her feelings regarding life and love. Her poems are still taught in schools across the world, and several books have been published about her life and death.
Sylvia Plath is famous for her emotional honesty and her skill as a poetical dramatist.