29 April 2012

Article on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes...

The Daily Mail in England published an article on some of the content of the letters between Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar, which is soon to be published by the British Library. In "The string of bad luck and accidents that killed Sylvia Plath: Letters reveal former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was haunted by wife's suicide," article author Chris Hastings sensationalizes what is likely a minor aspect of the forthcoming book, Poet and Critic: The Letters of Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar, regurgitating what is old news to Plath's &Hughes' readers.

Eleven years ago, when the British Library first acquired the Sagar-Hughes correspondence, Emma Yates at the Guardian - among others - published "Drugs a 'key factor' in Plath's suicide, claimed Hughes". Now, it was "news" then. It is not news now.

Now, that being said, genuine thanks to ~VC and KZ for passing on the link! Poet and Critic is on sale in May 2012 and can be purchased from the British Library Shop.


Anonymous said...

I think you might be expecting too much of the Mail, Peter. Sensationalism and rehashing news that never was is their MO ;-)


Peter K Steinberg said...

Indeed. I was indeed expecting to much. Thank you, ~VC!


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