Tingle Alley

I’ve been speaking to Elizabeth Sigmund …

Oh God, have you? I mean gabble, gabble, gabble, gabble … Has she some new stories for you?

(From a recent interview with Olwyn Hughes, Ted Hughes’ older sister. There’s a great, canny description of Olwyn in The Silent Woman as acting like a “mother quail outrageously flying into the face of a predator to divert him from the chicks scurrying to safety” in her role as agent of Plath’s estate. Anyway, as ongoing biographical squabbles go, I appreciate how vivid all the women involved here are: Plath most of all of course, but Dido Merwin with her venom, Olwyn’s contempt. Gabble gabble gabble.)  

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