Fancy a memento of one of the 20th century’s most passionate ...


Fancy a memento of one of the 20th century’s most passionate love stories?

From Friday until July 21 Sotheby’s will be auctioning a number of items that belonged to Sylvia Plath

Guy Faulconbridge

A trove of love letters that explore American poet Sylvia Plath’s passion for her British husband, fellow poet Ted Hughes, are up for auction at Sotheby’s, with their wedding rings, family recipes and photo albums.

Plath, whose haunting poems turned the demons of her trauma into some of the most unsettling verses of modern English, killed herself in 1963 at the age of 30 by putting her head in a gas oven. Her young children were asleep in the flat, but she had sealed their room against the gas. They were unharmed.

Plath and Hughes married in 1956 and their relationship was as tumultuous as it was passionate. Her letters to Hughes explore her agony of separation from him while she was studying at Cambridge University in the UK...

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