The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* Ted Hughes wrote two introductions to "The Journals" of Sylvia Plath.

* In the early 1982 introduction, Hughes made the shocking revelation that he had destroyed some of her last, unpublished journals in order to save her children from reading them.

* In the second version of his introduction, published sometime later in 1982, Hughes indicated that Plath's journals had been destroyed, avoiding blame for their destruction.

* Sylvia was thirty years old when she committed suicide, and Ted was thirty-two. They were separated at the time of her death.

* Sylvia stuck her head in a gas oven and was disturbed over Ted's unfaithfulness.

* After Sylvia's death, Ted felt he was unfairly scrutinized in discussions about his wife.

* Many articles and books were written about Sylvia and Ted claimed many were incorrect and lamented society's propensity to gossip about things about which they had no knowledge.

* There were at...

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