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The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm

The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes by Janet Malcolm

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Janet Malcolm's revelatory biography of the tumultuous union of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, and the critical battle that overshadows their legacies

Is it ever possible to know 'the truth' about Sylvia Plath and her marriage to Ted Hughes, which ended with her suicide?

In 
The Silent Woman, Janet Malcolm (author of Reading ChekhovThe Journalist and the Murderer and In the Freud Archives) examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath, with particular focus on Anne Stevenson's Bitter Fame, to discover how Plath became an enigma in literary history.

The Silent Woman is a brilliant, elegantly reasoned inquiry into the nature of biography, dispelling our innocence as readers, as well as shedding a light onto why Plath's legend continues to exert such a hold on our imaginations.

REVIEWS

"One of the deepest, loveliest, and most problematic things Janet Malcolm has written. It is so subtle, so patiently analytical, and so true that it is difficult to envisage anyone writing again about Plath and Hughes." ― Guardian

"An astonishing writer with a grasp of nuance that can be electric." ― The Times

"Intellectually explosive, morally challenging and enormous fun." ― 
Financial Times

"Superbly written, flowing like a piece of music from theme to theme, recapitulating here, changing key there, always disguising the complexity of its underlying construction." ― 
Independent

"The best-written and most stirring polemic of the year. 
Completely brilliant." ― The Times

PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback with French flaps
Publisher: Granta
ISBN: 978-1783786237
Pages: 224