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Sylvia Plath was in Paris during Easter 1956, alone in a hotel near Notre dame. She'd grown to love the city after spending Christmas there with Richard Sassoon and she'd hoped he'd be with her for easter too, but he hadn't answered her letters. She'd met Ted Hughes a month earlier; Ted was also in her head, and within ten weeks they'd be married. 

In the fourth book in Art Decades series, Dave Haslam describes this key period in Sylvia Plath's life. We discover how she filled those Paris days, including having dinner with an Italian communist, embracing the idea of drunken afteroon sex with a friend of a friend, sketching in the park, and lying on her yellow bed in an attic room listening to the sound of the Paris rain as she considered decisions and future plans: in her phrase, 'the fatal dance' of choices and alternatives.

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Art Decades is a highly original and wide-ranging series of mini books by writer, broadcaster and former Hacienda DJ, Dave Haslam, exploring a variety of subjects rooted in cities, in recent history and lived experience, and a love for music, literature and art.

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