Hughes, Ted - Poems & Criticism
Birthday Letters
Birthday Letters
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374112967

A collection of poems addressed to Hughes' late wife, poetess Sylvia Plath, dealing with the psychological breakdown that led to some of her greatest poems and her untimely death

Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters
Ariel's Gift
Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters
Paperback      ISBN: 0393323013

Through their lives and their writings, Erica Wagner explores the destructive relationship between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. She provides a commentary to the poems in Birthday Letters, showing the events that shaped them and showing how they draw upon Plath's own work.

Her Husband: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath--A Marriage
Her Husband
Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath--A Marriage
Paperback      ISBN: 0142004871

Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath were husband and wife; they were also two of the most remarkable poets of the twentieth century. In this stunning new account of their marriage, Diane Middlebrook draws on a trove of newly available papers to craft a beautifully written portrait of Hughes as a man, as a poet, and as a husband haunted--and nourished--his entire life by his relationship to Sylvia Plath.

Her Husband is a triumph of the biographer's art and an up-close look at a couple who saw each other as the means to becoming who they wanted to be: writers and mythic representations of a whole generation.

The Poetry of Ted Hughes
The Poetry of Ted Hughes
Paperback      ISBN: 1137310928

This Reader's Guide charts the reception history of Ted Hughes' poetry from his first to last published collection, culminating in posthumous tributes and assessments of his lifetime achievement. Sandie Byrne explores the criticism relating to key issues such as nature, myth, the Laureateship, and Hughes' relationship with Sylvia Plath.

The Poetry of Ted Hughes
The Poetry of Ted Hughes
Hardcover      ISBN: 1137310936

This Reader's Guide charts the reception history of Ted Hughes' poetry from his first to last published collection, culminating in posthumous tributes and assessments of his lifetime achievement. Sandie Byrne explores the criticism relating to key issues such as nature, myth, the Laureateship, and Hughes' relationship with Sylvia Plath.

Selected Translations
Selected Translations
Paperback      ISBN: 0374531455


"EXPAND S] OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS FASCINATING LITERARY CHARACTER." --STEVEN RATINER, THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Known (with Philip Larkin) as the most distinctly English of the postwar British poets, Ted Hughes was a boundlessly curious reader and translator of poetry from other languages. This generous selection of his translations at once rounds out the publication of his major work and gives us a fresh view of his poetic achievement.

In 1965, Hughes, already famous in Britain, founded the journal Modern Poetry in Translation, and a number of the translations here are of poems by his contemporaries: the Israeli Yehuda Amichai, the Hungarian J nos Pilinszky, and the Serbian Vasko Popa. At the same time, Hughes was forever in search of older precursors, whether Homer, Lorenzo de' Medici, or the authors of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and his translations of them deepen our sense of his interest in pagan ritual and esoteric religion. These two strains of his work as translator were brought together late in his career, establishing him as one of the foremost interpreters of the classics in English.

The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
The Silent Woman
Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
Paperback      ISBN: 0679751408

In an astonishing feat of literary detection, one of the most provocative critics of our time and the author of In the Freud Archives and The Purloined Clinic offers an elegantly reasoned meditation on the art of biography. In The Silent Woman, Janet Malcolm examines the biographies of Sylvia Plath to create a book not about Plath's life but about her afterlife: how her estranged husband, the poet Ted Hughes, as executor of her estate, tried to serve two masters--Plath's art and his own need for privacy; and how it fell to his sister, Olwyn Hughes, as literary agent for the estate, to protect him by limiting access to Plath's work.

Even as Malcolm brings her skepticism to bear on the claims of biography to present the truth about a life, a portrait of Sylvia Plath emerges that gives us a sense of "knowing" this tragic poet in a way we have never known her before. And she dispels forever the innocence with which most of us have approached the reading of any biography.
Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet
Ted Hughes
The Life of a Poet
Paperback      ISBN: 0393323625

Although Ted Hughes ended his days as England's beloved poet laureate, his life was dogged by tragedy and controversy. He never entirely recovered from the suicide of his wife Sylvia Plath in 1963, for which many have held his adultery responsible. In this insightful biography, the first written since Hughes's death, Elaine Feinstein explores an altogether more complex situation, throwing new light on his relationship with his lover Assia Wevill, who later killed herself along with their young daughter.

Ted Hughes and Trauma: Burning the Foxes
Ted Hughes and Trauma
Burning the Foxes
Hardcover      ISBN: 1137557915

Arguing that Hughes's poetry is fundamentally defined by traumatic representation, Ted Hughes and Trauma reads Hughes's work alongside theorists such as Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Zizek - the kind of writing Hughes dismissed as 'the tyrant's whisper'. Far from being antithetical to his poetry, Danny O'Connor demonstrates they are actually dealing with the same issues. Detailed, engaging and promising to offer an entirely new approach to Hughes's work, Ted Hughes and Trauma is an important study for all scholars and students of higher-level literature.

Ted Hughes, Class and Violence
Ted Hughes, Class and Violence
Paperback      ISBN: 1474275575

Ted Hughes is widely regarded as a major figure in twentieth-century poetry, but the impact of Hughes's class background on his work has received little attention. This is the first full length study to take the measure of the importance of class in Hughes. It presents a radically new version of Hughes that challenges the image of Hughes as primarily a nature poet, as well as the image of the Tory Laureate. The controversy over 'natural' violence in Hughes's early poems, Hughes's relationship with Seamus Heaney, the Laureateship, and Hughes's revisiting of his relationship with Sylvia Plath in Birthday Letters (1998), are reconsidered in terms of Hughes's class background. Drawing on the thinking of cultural theorists such as Slavoj Zizek, Terry Eagleton, and Julia Kristeva, the book presents new political readings of familiar Hughes poems, alongside consideration of posthumously collected poems and letters, to reveal a surprising picture of a profoundly class-conscious poet.