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Ted Hughes (1930–1998)

Author of Birthday Letters

Includes the names: Ted Hugues, Ted Hughes, Тед Хјуз

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Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in England and attended Cambridge University, where he became interested in anthropology and folklore. These interests would have a profound effect on his poetry. In 1956, Hughes married famed poet Sylvia Plath. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1957 until 1959, and he stopped writing altogether for several years after Plath's suicide in 1963. Hughes's poetry is highly marked by harsh and savage language and depictions, emphasizing the animal quality of life. He soon developed a creature called Crow who appeared in several volumes of poetry including A Crow Hymn and Crow Wakes. A creature of mythic proportions, Crow symbolizes the victim, the outcast, and a witness to life and destruction. Hughes's other works also created controversy because of their style, manner, and matter, but he has won numerous honors, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1960, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1974. His greatest honor came in 1984, when he was named Poet Laureate of England. Ted Hughes died in 1998. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Birthday Letters… (more)
Birthday Letters 2,234 copies, 22 reviews
The Iron Man 1,242 copies, 28 reviews
Tales from Ovid (Translator) 1,069 copies, 9 reviews
The Rattle Bag (Editor) 890 copies, 12 reviews
Collected Poems 521 copies, 5 reviews
The Iron Woman 266 copies, 2 reviews
The Hawk in the Rain 224 copies, 5 reviews
Letters of Ted Hughes 217 copies, 1 review
The School Bag (Editor) 185 copies
Gaudete 134 copies, 1 review
Poetry in the Making 134 copies, 2 reviews
Lupercal 125 copies, 2 reviews
Wodwo 118 copies, 2 reviews
Season Songs 95 copies
Winter Pollen 93 copies, 2 reviews
Collected Poems for Children 90 copies, 4 reviews
Wolfwatching 81 copies, 2 reviews
Difficulties of a Bridegroom 79 copies, 1 review
Selected Translations 77 copies, 2 reviews
Moortown 66 copies
What is the Truth? 62 copies, 2 reviews
River 62 copies, 1 review
Tales of the Early World 59 copies, 1 review
Flowers and Insects 58 copies, 1 review
Cave Birds 51 copies
My Brother Bert 49 copies, 16 reviews
Three Books 46 copies
The Mermaid's Purse (Author) 45 copies
Meet My Folks! 45 copies, 1 review
Moon-Whales 42 copies
Moortown Diary 36 copies
Under the North Star 35 copies, 3 reviews
Elmet 33 copies
Poetry Is 25 copies
The Iron Wolf 19 copies
The Thought Fox 13 copies
Tigers Bones 10 copies
Here Today: Modern Poems (Introduction) 9 copies
Collected Plays for Children 8 copies, 1 review
Gedichte 3 copies
Earth Dances 3 copies
The Tigerboy 3 copies, 1 review
Recklings 2 copies
Five American Poets (Editor) 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
Orts 2 copies
Capriccio 1 copy
Antología Poética 1 copy, 1 review
Horizons (Contributor) 1 copy
A Solstice 1 copy
Orpheus 1 copy
Jernmanden 1 copy
Oedipus 1 copy
The Oresteia: Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides (Translator, some editions) 9,679 copies, 67 reviews
Sylvia Plath: The Collected Poems (Editor, some editions) 3,757 copies, 22 reviews
Phaedra (Translator, some editions) 1,858 copies, 26 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,178 copies, 9 reviews
Blood Wedding (Translator, some editions) 1,019 copies, 27 reviews
The Journals of Sylvia Plath {abridged} (Editor) 781 copies, 5 reviews
Alcestis (Translator, some editions) 726 copies, 15 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Contributor, some editions) 600 copies, 7 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 421 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (Contributor) 410 copies, 2 reviews
Sylvia Plath: Poems Selected by Ted Hughes (Editor) 379 copies, 3 reviews
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 276 copies, 2 reviews
The New Poetry (Contributor) 262 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (Contributor, some editions) 258 copies, 3 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 183 copies, 20 reviews
British Poetry Since 1945 (Contributor, some editions) 163 copies, 2 reviews
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Contributor) 151 copies
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (Contributor) 116 copies, 1 review
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 106 copies, 1 review
Seneca's Oedipus (Translator, some editions) 105 copies, 3 reviews
The State of the Language [1990] (Contributor) 90 copies, 1 review
The Complete Poems (Introduction, some editions) 81 copies, 1 review
The Essential Shakespeare (Editor) 56 copies
The Faber Book of Gardens (Contributor) 43 copies, 2 reviews
Science Fiction (Author) 38 copies, 1 review
Ghostly Haunts (Contributor) 19 copies, 1 review
Environmental Handbook (Contributor) 18 copies
Horse Stories (Contributor) 15 copies
New American Review 8 (Contributor) 12 copies
Guardian Angels (Contributor) 11 copies
New voices (Contributor) 6 copies
Poetry anthology (Contributor, some editions) 6 copies
Young Winter's Tales 1 (Contributor) 1 copy

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Notably married to Sylvia Plath (1956-1963) with whom he had two children. Also had a daughter Shura (b. 1965), killed by her mother Assia Wevill as part of her suicide in 1969. Hughes was chosen as Poet Laureate after Philip Larkin declined.
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