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• In the early 1982 introduction, Hughes made the shocking revelation that he had destroyed some of her last, unpublished journals in order to save her children from reading them.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