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Assia Esther Gutmann Wevill
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Birth: May 15, 1927, Germany
Death: Mar. 23, 1969, England

Assia Gutmann was born in Germany to a Russian Jewish father, Dr. Lonya Gutmann, and a German Lutheran mother, Lisa (Elizabetha Gaedeke), in 1927.

She was a free spirit - an exotic, cosmopolitan, cultured and elegant woman, who worked as an advertising copywriter and translator.

While still married to Canadian poet David Wevill, Assia met and fell in love with Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Alexandra Tatiana Elise, nicknamed "Shura".

On March 23, 1969, feeling abandoned by Hughes and consumed by despair and disillusion, Assia Gutmann swallowed a handful of sleeping pills, gathered up the 4 year-old Shura, and turned on the gas stove in the kitchen of her flat in Clapham Common (3, Okeover Manor), London.

In her will, Assia expressed the wish to "be buried in any rural cemetery in England, the vicar of its parish not objecting to its burial". In spite of her wish Ted Hughes decided on cremation.

She chose for herself the epithet: "Here lies a lover of unreason and an exile".


Updated on 06/05/2013 (thanks to Wolfie) -

Ashes of Assia & Shura Wevill - Ted Hughes had the ashes in his possession and sent a postcard to Brenda Hedden whilst he was in Ashford, Kent and stated that he had '....completed the mission.'
(1) Ted Hughes had earlier stated to Brenda Hedden: '...that he had one final duty: to scatter Assia and Shura's ashes over a churchyard in Kent.'
(2) It is most probable that the ashes of Assia & Shura Wevill were spread somewhere in St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford, Kent.

*(1)(2) pp219-220 'Lover of Unreason Assia Wevill, Sylvia Plath's Rival and Ted Hughes's Doomed Love' Yehuda Koren & Eilat Negev 2006.
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  Alexandra Tatiana Elise Wevill (1965 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Nancy
Record added: Oct 28, 2009
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Assia Esther <i>Gutmann</i> Wevill
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Assia Esther <i>Gutmann</i> Wevill
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