It is difficult not to make conjectures about Nicholas Hughes’s death, given the history of his famous parents. As they–Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes–were “called” to writing, Nicholas Hughes was called to studying fish, something he did with zeal for at least two decades. In this NY Times article, we learn that while any child can grow up to be greater than the sum of his parents, he may yet fall victim to the insidious dark weight of depression. For me, this article is less about the “Plath-Hughes Legacy” than about the tragedy of depression.
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