Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted

  • by Andrew Wilson
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 25 February 1956, 23-year-old Sylvia Plath walked into a party and spotted Ted Hughes, who she described as a 'big, dark, hunky boy'. Sylvia viewed Ted as something of a colossus, and to this day his enormous shadow has obscured Plath's life and work.
After her suicide in February 1963, Hughes became Plath's literary executor, the guardian of her writings. But he regarded Plath's prose writing as a 'waste product' of her 'false self', and his determination to market her later poetry - written after she had begun her relationship with him - as the crowning glory of her career has meant that her previous work has been marginalised.
Mad Girl's Love Song reclaims the years before Ted, drawing on exclusive interviews with friends and lovers, and previously unavailable archives and papers, to focus on the early life of the 20th century's most popular and enduring female poet.


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Couldn't finish due to narrator

I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to narration of a book I love. This topic is a favorite so I was eager to hear this book. The narrator, who has a beautiful British accent, tries exceedingly too hard to do Sylvia's American accent. It's almost funny if it wasn't so annoying - how long of a pause she takes before transforming even a three-worded Sylvia quote into a drawn-out, husky and smoky voice that sounds rather bored. I kept trying to get past it, but finally had to admit sad defeat.
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- equinox14


An excellent text for any Plath lover, it details the rich love life of Plath before Ted Hughes. Great narration, great content. A must read. Five stars.
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- Jessica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios