Read Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters by Erica Wagner Free Online
Book Title: Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters|
The author of the book: Erica Wagner
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Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: April 17th 2002
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"This erudite critical study...breathes new life into Plath scholarship."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
When Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters was published in 1998, it was greeted with astonishment and acclaim, immediately landing on the bestseller list. Few suspected that Hughes had been at work for a quarter of a century on this cycle of poems addressed to his first wife, Sylvia Plath. In Ariel's Gift, Erica Wagner explores the destructive relationship between these two poets through their lives and their writings. She provides a commentary to the poems in Birthday Letters, showing the events that shaped them and, crucially, showing how they draw upon Plath's own work. "Both narratively engaging and scholastically comprehensive."—Thomas Lynch, Los Angeles Times "Wagner has set the poems of Hughes's Birthday Letters in the context of his marriage to Plath with great delicacy."—Times Literary Supplement
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Read information about the authorErica Wagner is an American author and critic living in London. She is former literary editor of The Times.
She is the author of several books, including a collection of short stories, Gravity, and Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters, and the novel Seizure.
Her husband, Francis Gilbert, is author of I’m a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!. She also reviews regularly for The New York Times. A judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2002 and 2014.