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The biographer of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath, who killed herself in London in 1963, apologized Tuesday for saying that her husband, British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, attended a rowdy party after her funeral.

Hughes dropped a libel action against Trevor Thomas after the biographer withdrew his claim that the poet attended a "high-spirited and boisterous party" hours after his wife was buried.

Hughes was estranged from Plath, author of a series of poems and the novel "The Bell Jar," at the time of her death, and some of her fans hold him partly responsible for the depression that led to her suicide.

Hughes' lawyer, Kate Malpass, told the High Court in London that Hughes did not attend such a party.

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