Nicholas Hughes, son of Sylvia Plath, commits suicide

Forty six years after his mother, iconic poet Sylvia Plath, committed suicide by gassing herself, her son, Nicholas Hughes has also taken his own life. After a battle withdepression, reports The Times Online, Hughes, 47, who had most recently worked as a professor at the University of AlaskaFairbanks,hanged himself in his Alaskan home.  “His lifelong fascination with fish and fishing was a strong and shared bondwith our father (many of whose poems were about the natural world)," said his sister, Freida Hughes, in a statement. "He was aloving brother, a loyal friend to those who knew him and, despite thevagaries that life threw at him, he maintained an almost childlike innocenceand enthusiasm for the next project or plan.”

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  • Bextir

    Lucy i think you better get home to desi cause you are way too lost to go this alone!

  • Lewis B. Sckolnick

    Not everyone can play FAME.

  • Vivian

    Like Bextir said .. go home Lucy … it’s late and time for you to go …

  • BillBillyBill

    Lewis, I don’t know where you got the idea that Nicholas Hughes was famous or wanted to be famous. Certainly not from this article.
    I didn’t know anything of his work but love his mother’s poems. I wish comfort for his sister.

  • Who?

    Who, son of Who? So, some no-name who’s the son of another no-name suicidal poet, committed suicide too. Next…

  • Sam

    Anyone who calls syvia plath a no name is obviously an idiot.

    • sophia

      It sure is scary to find out there are so many uneducated morons in this country now? Mind boggling? Doesn,t anyone read today? “(The bell jar” a must on most highschool reading lists. Used to be.

  • Sean

    Sylvia who? Why is this news?

  • Dorothy

    I don’t about all of you, but this seems a rather poetic way for him to go to me.

  • John

    Wow. “Who” is an uneducated idiot. Just to help you out, buddy – Sylvia Plath is one of the most notable poets of the 20th Century, “The Bell Jar” being an incredibly important piece of literature and a staple of every 100 level English class on the planet. Even without a formal education, Plath’s name is well known to everyone with even a passing knowledge of literature.
    It’s a shame, especially after watching the daughter of Ernest Hemmingway follow in her father’s footsteps as well. It’s hard to see cycles of depression continue through families. Condolensces to his sister.

  • Dave Rood

    Whether you like Plath’s poems or not, anyone who is not a misanthrope should know her name, and the name of her more accomplished husband, Ted Hughes. Plath was a gifted and tragic figure who died as the result of mental illness. It hurts to read snipes from smart-ass know-nothings who have little understanding and even less empathy for people who suffer with debilitating illness. I often wondered what ever became of her children and how they dealt with the devastating death of their mother in 1963. I am sorry to find that Sylvia’s mental illness was probably passed along to her son.

  • Briann

    Plath was a much better poet than Hughes. Trying to evade his father’s legacy of being an adulterer, his poor son suffers ultimately too.

  • bill-e-bob

    THIS IS THE TRAGIC END TO A WONDERFUL LIFE. NOW HE IS FREE LIKE THE AIR, NOT LIKE THE AIR YOU PUT IN YOUR TIRES THATS ABOUT .75 CENTS. I MEAN THE AIR YOU BREATH MAN,, ITS LIKE LIFE SUPPORT, WELL NOT IN HIS CASE BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN. BUT HE IS FREE NOW LIKE YOUR FREEDOM TO EXPRESS HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT,, I DON’T KNOW SOMEONE KILLING THEM SELFS. OR LIKE THE FREEDOM TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THE WHY YOU WANT WITHOUT BEING JUDGED. UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG AND GO TO JAIL THEN OF COURSE YOU WILL BE JUDGED. BUT REALLY WHO IS TO SAY YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG, WHAT IS WRONG AND WHAT IS RIGHT. I DON’T KNOW, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS LARGE AND SMALL I JUST DON’T KNOW.

  • Bill

    Sean wrote
    “Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 01:45 PM EST
    Sylvia who? Why is this news?”
    I’m pretty sure this guys last name is Hannity.

  • Dave Rood

    Sylvia Plath, had she lived a full life, may have become a better poet than Ted Hughes. Hughes is far more accomplished and a household name in the UK but less known in the US. Plath was very talented and very smart but her work never had a chance to mature. She was the first to admit that her only novel, The Bell Jar, was (her words) ” a pot-boiler.” For those who haven’t read her, I suggest “Ariel” and “Colossus,” both of which explore her feelings of alienation from her father and a male-dominated society.

  • Who?

    I’m very well educated, and any argument that someone must be uneducated to not know these people, or at least the mother, is rather self-indulgent. To assume every one work of the mother’s is a staple is laughable, as is the notion that even if it were, that everyone would remember it and think that it’s worth remembering. I presume that anyone who does not like what interests you is uneducated. The argument is so weak that it’s laughable.
    Please, the real reason why Entertainment Weekly and any other publication finds this newsworthy is obvious, and my post is a way of saying as much that you missed completely… you witless idiot.
    “Anyone who is not a misanthrope should know her name.” Boy, I needed a good laugh and you delivered! You guys must all be comedians!

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