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A Lover of Unreason: The Life and Tragic Death of Assia Wevill: The Biography of Assia Wevill Hardcover – 28 Sep 2006

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; First Printing edition (28 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861059744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861059741
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...One of the most wonderfully well-written and powerful literary
biographies I have encountered. -- Roger Lewis, Mail on Sunday, October 15, 2006

"Eye opening, utterly intriguing biography of the beautiful but
troubled women who was one of Ted Hughes's mistresses."
-- The Sunday Times, Culture, October 15, 2006


'Assia was my true wife, and the best friend I ever had', wrote a heart-broken Ted Hughes, after Assia Wevill surrendered her life and that of their four-year old daughter to the fumes from the gas oven in her London flat, in March 1969 six years after Sylvia Plath had suffered a similiar fate. Diva, she-devil, enchantress, muse, Lillith, Jezebel - the exquisitely beautiful Assia Wevill inspired or provoked many epithets in the course of three marriages and in pursuit of a destiny that took her from dark pre-war Berlin, to Palestine during the British Mandate and then to London in the swinging 'Sixties. In the end, none would prove to be more fitting than the epithet- and epitaph- she chose for herself: 'Here lies a lover of unreason, and an exile'. The story of the ultimately tragic failure in the marriage between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, twentieth-century poetry's most celebrated literary couple, has always been related from one of two conflicting points of view: hers or his. Missing for more than four decades had been a third, equally relevant and no less fascinating perspective: that of Ted Hughes's mistress, Assia Wevill.

"The Lover of Unreason", the first biography of Assia Wevill, views afresh the Plath-Hughes relationship and marriage with a keen, revisionary eye, and at the same time, recounts the journey that shaped her life. Hers is a complex story, formed as it is by the pull of often contrary forces: fatal attraction and obsessive love, fidelity and adultery, cruelty and tenderness, dependence and rebellion, envy and self-sacrifice.

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