Every now and then, after going on about my business for a while, I dip into various online worlds of past idols. Today, did a random search for "Sylvia Plath," only to discover that I've really been missing out! The 50th anniversary of her suicide is coming up (February 11), and, with it, a couple of apparently (according to reviews/articles/covers) cheesy new biographies:
American Isis by Carl Rollyson (released today)
Mad Girl's Love Song: SP and Life Before Ted Hughes by Andrew Wilson (to be released 2/3)
I also discovered a memoir, "Ted and I," released last September by Ted Hughes's older brother Gerald. Now, Gerald was the older brother who left home early for Australia. Up until he met Plath, Ted was still talking about joining him there. Post-Plath, Ted was still coming up with business schemes that he and his brother could collaborate on. Gerald ignored them all. He almost completely disappeared from brother Ted's life when they were both very young men. Until now, that is!
Oh, and then there's Hughes widow Carol on 1/15/13 announcing her own upcoming memoir:
Quote from above article:
Speaking from the home they had shared in North Tawton, Devon, [Carol Hughes] said: "I had a wonderful 28 years with Ted and I hope to record them for posterity."
Can't wait for THAT page-turner! :)