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Ted Hughes

English poet and children's writer

1930   -   1998

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: Pembroke College, University of Massachusetts Amherst
occupation: poet, translator, novelist, playwright, astrologer, science fiction writer, author, children's writer
award received: Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Order of Merit, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize
position held: Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

Edward James Hughes (17 August 1930 – 28 October 1998) was an English poet and children's writer. Critics frequently rank him as one of the best poets of his generation, and one of the twentieth century's greatest writers. He served as Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. In 2008 The Times ranked Hughes fourth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath from 1956 until her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30. Some admirers of Plath and feminist critics blamed him for her death after the revelation of letters written by Plath between 18 February 1960 and 4 February 1963, which claim that Hughes beat Plath two days before she had a miscarriage in 1961, and that he also told Plath he wished that she was dead. His last poetic work, Birthday Letters (1998), explored their complex relationship. These poems make reference to Plath's suicide, but none addresses directly the circumstances of her death. A poem discovered in October 2010, "Last Letter", describes what happened during the three days before her death.
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Selected Poems

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Remains of Elmet

collection of poems by Ted Hughes

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Moortown Diary

book by Ted Hughes

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The Iron Man

novel by Ted Hughes

author: Ted Hughes
illustrator: George Worsley Adamson


Tales from Ovid

book by Ted Hughes

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The Hawk in the Rain

book by Ted Hughes

author: Ted Hughes


English book of poems

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The Iron Woman

1993 novel

author: Ted Hughes


Birthday Letters

book by Ted Hughes

author: Ted Hughes


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