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A Lover of Unreason : The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill, Hardback Book

A Lover of Unreason : The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill Hardback


'Assia was my true wife, and the best friend I ever had', wrote Ted Hughes, after his lover surrendered her life and that of their young daughter in 1969, six years after Sylvia Plath had suffered a similiar fate.

Diva, she-devil, enchantress, muse, Lillith, Jezebel - Assia inspired many epithets during her life.

The tragic story of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes has always been related from one of two points of view: hers or his.

Missing for over four decades had been a third: that of Hughes's mistress.

This first biography of Assia Wevill views afresh the Plath-Hughes relationship and at the same time, recounts the journey that shaped her life.

Wevill's is a complex story, formed as it is by the pull of often contrary forces.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 2 x 8 page illustrations
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9781861059741

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