Letters of Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes; Selected and edited by Christopher Reid

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Ted Hughes described letter-writing as “excellent training for conversation with the world.” These nearly 300 letters—selected from several thousand—show him in all his aspects: poet, husband and father, lover of the natural world, proud Englishman, and a man for whom literature was a way of being fully alive to experience.
There are letters dealing with Hughes’s work on classic books, from the early breakthrough Lupercal to the late, revelatory Birthday Letters. There are letters discussing, with notable frankness, his marriages to Sylvia Plath and then to Assia Wevill. After marrying Carol Orchard, in 1970, Hughes ran a farm in Dorset for several years, and there are letters touching on his interest in
astrology, his strong and original views of Shakespeare, and his passion for farming, fishing, and the environment in general. Letters to Seamus Heaney and Philip Larkin situate Hughes among his peers as never before.
Letters of Ted Hughes reveals the author as a prose writer of great vigor and subtlety. It deepens our understanding of—and our admiration for—this great twentieth-century poet.

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“No other English poet’s letters, not even Keats’s, unparalleled as they are, take us so intimately into the wellsprings of his own art.” —JOHN CAREY, The Sunday Times

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Ted Hughes; Selected and edited by Christopher Reid

TED HUGHES (1930–98) produced more than forty books of poetry, prose, drama, translation, and children’s literature, including, in his last decade, Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, Tales from Ovid, and Birthday Letters.

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Letters of Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes; Selected and edited by Christopher Reid

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374185305
ISBN10: 0374185301
6 x 9 inches, 784 pages, Includes 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations, 6 Illustrations in Text, an Index, an Index of Works, and an Index of Recipients
$45.00
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