by Aimee Walker

Sylvia Plath’s Jewish Rival

Meeting Ted Hughes’s other lover

Lover of Unreason (Carroll & Graf, $27.95) is a thoroughly researched and well-written biography by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev of Assia Wevill, the rival of Sylvia Plath. Born in Berlin, she escaped from the Nazis in 1934, and inadvertently became an icon of deceit for those who grew up honoring the tale of Plath’s life and death. This book presents another side of the story. Here, the other woman in Ted Hughes’s life comes to the fore — if not sympathetic, at least humanized. Wevill’s often forgotten Jewish identity is highlighted as the authors explore the history behind their misunderstood subject.

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