Ted Hughes widow to write memoirs

Ted Hughes Ted Hughes was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998

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The widow of the former poet laureate Ted Hughes is to write a memoir about her 28-year marriage to the controversial figure.

Carol Hughes told Cornwall's Western Morning News that she wanted to record her memories "while I have full recall, and no false memory".

The pair married after the suicides of Hughes's first wife, American poet Sylvia Plath, and the woman he left her for, Assia Wevill.

Hughes died of cancer in 1998.

"I had a wonderful 28 years with Ted and I hope to record them for posterity," said Hughes, now in her early 60s, adding that she commended her late husband for not making a judgement on the tragedies he experienced, as many biographers have done.

"The people who write about Ted were not flies on the wall, even if they write as though they were," she said.

"Nobody really knows what goes on between two people."

Hughes was speaking from the home the couple shared in north Devon, in support of a new memoir by her late husband's brother, Gerald, called Ted and I.

The former nurse added that Hughes had "a very happy and full life" despite the tragedy that dogged him.

Born in Yorkshire, Hughes became the British Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death in 1998, aged 68. He had two children with Plath.

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