After Ted & Sylvia

By Crystal Hurdle

After Ted & Sylvia
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One of the greatest mad, sad literary love affairs of the twentieth century was that between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. In her collection of poems, Hurdle adapts her own research on their lives to explore the love and loss in this relationship of poetic collaboration ... Read more


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One of the greatest mad, sad literary love affairs of the twentieth century was that between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. In her collection of poems, Hurdle adapts her own research on their lives to explore the love and loss in this relationship of poetic collaboration and rivalry, which lasts, in Hurdle's recreation, even after Plath's suicide in 1963 and Hughes' death in 1998. At points, the poet-narrator forms a literary ménage à trois with the two poets as she struggles obsessively to understand their own lives as individual artists and their love-torn relationship.

Crystal Hurdle

Crystal Hurdle teaches English and Creative Writing at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C. In October 2007, she was Guest Poet at the International Sylvia Plath Symposium at the University of Oxford, reading from her After Ted & Sylvia: Poems (Ronsdale, 2003). Teacher’s Pets, a teen novel in verse, was published in 2014. She lives in North Vancouver, B.C. Visit her at crystalhurdle.ca.

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