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'Assia was my true wife, and the best friend I ever had', wrote 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 beautiful Assia Wevill inspired or provoked many epithets in the course of three marriages and in pursuit of a destiny that took her from pre-war Berlin to Palestine 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 tragic failure of the marriage between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, the 20th century's most celebrated literary couple, has always been related from 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 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."

About the Authors: Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev have been researching Assia Wevill's story for 15 years. They have unearthed a mass of personal documents, and interviewed all the key witnesses, most of them speaking here for the first time.

Hardback 2006.

280 pages.

Very good condition.

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