Revealed: Sylvia Plath’s Last Desperate Letters

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Going through a breakup with her on-off boyfriend Richard Sassoon in the spring of 1956 Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother that her doubts about Richard stemmed from his physical inadequacy. “I see now through the boyish weakness of his frame, & the delicate health & unathletic nature, to a soul which is kingly and beautiful and strong.” The all-American good looks of a different beau, Gordon Lameyer, created the opposite problem. Plath was looking for a man to be her partner in life and the father of her children who was her equal in both physical and intellectual vigor. She found him, at a party in Cambridge just a month after writing to her mother about Richard. His name was, of course, Ted Hughes.

Plenty has been committed to paper about Hughes’ betrayal of Plath, when he began an affair with Assia Wevill in the summer of 1962—an affair which stretched on through the winter of 1963, when Plath committed suicide. (Assia moved into Court Green, Plath’s home and gave birth to a daughter by Hughes, named Shura. She cared for Plath’s children and Hughes’s household until Hughes was unfaithful to her, and, in 1969, committed suicide by gas oven, also killing Shura, then four. For more on Assia, read Yehuda Koren and Eliat Negev’s excellent biography, Lover of Unreason.)

Plath’s agony over Hughes’s betrayal is on full display in surviving letters to her friends, her mother, and of course, in her final Ariel poems, which were subsequently collected by Hughes after her death. (Hughes claimed to have burned and/or misplaced Plath’s final journals.) But then, at the end of 2016, came a startling discovery: 14 never-before-seen letters from Plath to her psychiatrist, Dr. Ruth Beuscher, detailing Plath’s struggle after Hughes’s infidelity. These gut-wrenching letters are published for the first time in the second volume of Plath’s letters, edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil. The volume bears a foreword from Plath’s daughter, Freida Hughes, recounting her difficult decision over whether the letters should be published.

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Netflix Christmas 2018 movies revealed – the festive films to watch this winter

NETFLIX has released a new trailer to show what’s available to stream over the Christmas period.

Films on offer include The Princess Switch, The Christmas Chronicles and A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding.

Netflix has released a new trailer for its offerings over the Christmas period
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There will also be a holiday special of Bake Off with Paul and Prue welcoming back their favourite bakers.

And for fans of the new Sabrina series that’s getting its own Christmas special called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale.

Love Actually and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are both already available to watch on the site.

It comes days after The Sun Online revealed the easy way of tracking down the best Christmas films on Netflix.

You can unlock secret Netflix Christmas movie genres using special codes
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What to watch

The Princess Switch – coming November 16

The Christmas Chronicles – coming November 22

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays and A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding – both coming November 30

Nailed it! Holiday – coming December 7

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale – coming December 14

Love Actually – already streaming

We tracked down the secret codes that unlock specific categories and have together a guide on how to get access the genres on ANY device.

You should also read our guide to the secret Netflix controls you never knew existed.

If you waste hours trying to find something to watch, you’ll definitely want to try Netflix Roulette.

And find out how to get new Netflix features first.


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Emmerdale fans shocked as Leyla’s fiance Clive revealed to be Frank’s conman friend

EMMERDALE fans are in shock after Leyla Harding’s fiance Clive turned up – and was swiftly revealed to be a conman.

Suave Clive – who is played by former Holby City actor Tom Chambers in the ITV soap – appeared in the village to win back Leyla after falling in love with her in Greece.

Leyla couldn’t wait to introduce Clive to Frank

However after his ex turned up wanting her jewellery back claiming he had stolen then, Leyla was ready to move on.

But within five minutes he had no only managed to talk her around, but also into an office romp.

And while things were looking rosy for Leyla, it soon became clear that Clive had a dark side he was hiding – and Frank Clayton confirmed it when he confronted him about why he was in the village.

It emerged Clive was Frank’s former prison cellmate and Frank had taught him everything he knew about conning people while they were banged up together.

Clive looked utterly terrified to see Frank again – until he failed to expose him
Frank took Clive to task, but viewers weren’t convinced by Clive’s answers

He told him: “Why are you here Clive? What’s the con? Megan and Vanessa know all about my past, everybody does.

“There was no hiding, was there? When we did time. We shared a cell so I know all about you Clive. I created a monster.”

Clive told him he had changed, adding: “All I want to do is to be with the woman I love, you keep our history to yourself and I’ll keep your secrets.”

“The only person you’ve ever loved is you and you’re up to something Clive,” Frank told him as he threatened to tell Leyla what he knew.


Fans were shocked at the reveal with one saying: “Clive seems a creep! Don’t like him he hasn’t changed one bit once a con man always a con man!”

Another added: “I’ll be honest, I thought Clive was going to call Frank ‘Dad’ at one point!!”


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Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seattle sports mogul Paul Allen died from septic shock, a condition that can be agonizingly painful, according to a report. A copy of the death certificate for Allen, 65, obtained by TMZ, indicated that septic shock caused him to die. Allen died Monday in Seattle, just three weeks after announcing the…
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Kingdom Hearts 3 Sora, Maleficent Toys Revealed

Diamonad Select Toys is continuing its line of Kingdom Hearts toys with a brand new set of Kingdom Hearts 3 action figures.

IGN can exclusively debut a first look at Sora with the Starseeker keyblade, as well as Maleficent with Diablo from Diamond Select.

Sora and Maleficent will come together in a 2-pack, as well Goofy with his shield and Donald with his staff (these figures have previously been seen as part of the Kingdom Hearts 2 line of Diamond Select KH figures). Each 2-pack will cost $ 24.99 and they’re expected for shipping in Spring 2019. The images above represent prototypes, so no packaging shots are currently available.

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