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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)
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Birthday Letters 2,127 copies, 22 reviews
The Iron Man 1,116 copies, 29 reviews
Tales from Ovid (Translator) 1,011 copies, 8 reviews
The Rattle Bag (Editor) 847 copies, 12 reviews
Collected Poems 497 copies, 5 reviews
The Iron Woman 242 copies, 2 reviews
Letters of Ted Hughes 210 copies, 1 review
The Hawk in the Rain 204 copies, 5 reviews
The School Bag (Editor) 176 copies
Gaudete 125 copies, 1 review
Poetry in the Making 125 copies, 2 reviews
Lupercal 124 copies, 2 reviews
Wodwo 114 copies, 2 reviews
Winter Pollen 90 copies, 2 reviews
Season Songs 89 copies
Collected Poems for Children 85 copies, 4 reviews
Wolfwatching 77 copies, 2 reviews
Difficulties of a Bridegroom 72 copies, 1 review
Selected Translations 72 copies, 2 reviews
Moortown 61 copies
What is the Truth? 61 copies, 2 reviews
Tales of the Early World 59 copies, 1 review
River 57 copies
Flowers and Insects 53 copies, 1 review
Cave Birds 47 copies
My Brother Bert 46 copies, 16 reviews
Three Books 45 copies
Meet My Folks! 42 copies, 1 review
The Mermaid's Purse (Author) 41 copies
Moon-Whales 38 copies
Moortown Diary 33 copies
Under the North Star 32 copies, 3 reviews
Elmet 29 copies
Seneca's Oedipus 25 copies, 1 review
Poetry Is 24 copies
The Iron Wolf 16 copies
The Thought Fox 10 copies
Tigers Bones 9 copies
Here Today: Modern Poems (Introduction) 8 copies
Collected Plays for Children 8 copies, 1 review
WINNING WORDS 4 copies
Gedichte 3 copies
The Tigerboy 3 copies, 1 review
Earth Dances 3 copies
Five American Poets (Editor) 2 copies
Poesie 2 copies
Antología Poética 1 copy, 1 review
Capriccio 1 copy
A Solstice 1 copy
Orts 1 copy
Orpheus 1 copy
Oedipus 1 copy
Jernmanden 1 copy
Recklings 1 copy
The Oresteia: Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides (Translator, some editions) 9,044 copies, 67 reviews
Collected Poems (Editor, some editions) 3,546 copies, 22 reviews
Phaedra (Translator, some editions) 1,723 copies, 25 reviews
Blood Wedding (Translator, some editions) 938 copies, 25 reviews
The Journals of Sylvia Plath {abridged} (Editor) 745 copies, 5 reviews
Alcestis (Translator, some editions) 685 copies, 14 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Author, some editions) 568 copies, 7 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 404 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (Contributor) 383 copies, 1 review
Sylvia Plath: Poems Selected by Ted Hughes (Editor) 349 copies, 3 reviews
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 266 copies, 2 reviews
The New Poetry (Contributor) 250 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (Contributor, some editions) 243 copies, 3 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 166 copies, 20 reviews
British Poetry Since 1945 (Contributor, some editions) 155 copies, 2 reviews
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Contributor) 142 copies
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats (Contributor) 110 copies, 1 review
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
The State of the Language [1990] (Contributor) 81 copies, 1 review
The Complete Poems (Introduction, some editions) 71 copies, 1 review
The Essential Shakespeare (Editor) 55 copies
The Faber Book of Gardens (Contributor) 39 copies, 2 reviews
Science Fiction (Author) 37 copies, 1 review
Environmental Handbook (Contributor) 17 copies
Ghostly Haunts (Contributor) 17 copies, 1 review
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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