Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
According to Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes's Whitbread-winning poetic confessions about his relationship with Sylvia Plath, the two poets met at a Cambridge party at which she bit him on the cheek so hard, her teeth drew blood. There was something savage and elemental about their love story. They worked and wrote, travelled to America, taught, returned to England; she had two children and a traumatic miscarriage, and he had affairs. He left her for Assia Weevil after a tempestuous five years and she committed suicide by putting her head in a gas oven while her children slept next door. For the rest of his life, her name was linked damningly to his, as successive waves of Plath fans accused him of responsibility for her death. Yet he had certainly loved her. And she haunted him in death, as Cathy haunted Heathcliff.