Ted Hughes - Author

About the Author

Ted Hughes was born on 17 August 1930 in Mytholmroyd, a small mill town in West Yorkshire. His father made portable wooden buildings. The family moved to Mexborough, a coal-mining town in South Yorkshire, when Hughes was seven. His parents took over a newsagent and tobacconist shop, and eventually he went to the local grammar school.

In 1948 Hughes won an Open Exhibition to Pembroke College, Cambridge. Before going there, he served two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. Between leaving Cambridge and becoming a teacher, he worked at various jobs, finally as a script-reader for Rank at their Pinewood Studios.

In 1956 Hughes married the American poet Sylvia Plath, who died in 1963, and they had two children. He remarried in 1970. He was awarded the OBE in 1977, created Poet Laureate in December 1984 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998. He died in October 1998.

 

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The Iron Wolf Collected Animal Poems Vol 1

The Iron Wolf Collected Animal Poems Vol 1

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

The Iron Wolf, the Iron Wolf Stands on the world with jagged fur. The rusty Moon rolls through the sky. The iron river cannot stir. The iron wind leaks out a cry Animals of air, land and sea are brilliantly imagined in this perfect introduction for young readers to the work of Ted Hughes. Part of Hughes's Collected Animal Poems, The Iron Wolf is for the youngest readers, both to listen to and explore themselves. Chris Riddell's delightful line illustrations add to the journey of discovery.

What is the Truth? Collected Animal Poems Vol 2

What is the Truth? Collected Animal Poems Vol 2

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Why is it The roustabout Rooster, raging at the dawn Wakes us so early? A warrior king is on fire! His armour is all crooked daggers and scimitars And it's shivering red-hot - with rage! First published in 1984, this book of prose-linked animal poems won both the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Signal Poetry Award. This new, illustated edition remains 'a very beautiful book: God and his son go to visit mankind and ask a few simple questions . . . the poems are pure enchantment' (The School Librarian).

The Thought Fox Collected Animal Poems Vol 4

The Thought Fox Collected Animal Poems Vol 4

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Cold, delicately as the dark snow A fox's nose touches twig, leaf; Two eyes serve a movement, that now And again now, and now, and now Sets neat prints into the snow Between trees, and warily a lame Shadow lags by stump and in hollow Of a body that is bold to come All the richness of the wild is seen through the poet's eye, highlighting the variety of the natural world and of Hughes's poetry about it. Poetry for young adult readers.

A March Calf Collected Animal Poems Vol 3

A March Calf Collected Animal Poems Vol 3

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Right from the start he is dressed in his best - his blacks and his whites. Little Fauntleroy - quiffed and glossy, A Sunday suit, a wedding natty get-up, Standing in dunged straw For older readers than the first two volumes of Collected Animal Poems, animal life is seen afresh through the diversity and imaginative energy of this collected volume.

Season Songs

Season Songs

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Spring will marry you. A promise! Cuckoo brings the message: May. O new clothes! O get your house ready! Expectation keeps you starry. But at which church and on what day? In these poems Ted Hughes invites the reader to try and catch the spring (but she's elusive); to take a closer look at the March calf; to listen to the happiness of the summer grass; and to notice the 'weak-neck snowdrops' in winter. Earth is revealed in all its surprising richness and rawness, and so is humankind's own constantly changing relationship with the seasons.

A Ted Hughes Bestiary Selected Poems

A Ted Hughes Bestiary Selected Poems

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Originally the medieval bestiary or book of animals set out to establish safe distinctions - between them and us - but Hughes's poetry works always in a contrary direction: showing what man and beast have in common, the reservoir from which we all draw. Alice Oswald's selection is arranged chronologically, with an eye to different books and styles, but equally to those poems that embody animals, rather than just describe them. Some poems are here because, although not strictly speaking animal, they become so in the process of writing; and in keeping with the bestiary tradition there are plenty of imaginary animals - all concentratedly coming about their business. The resulting selection is subtly responsive to a central aspect of Hughes's achievement, while offering room to some wonderful overlooked poems, and to 'those that have the wildest tunes.'

Poems for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo.

Poems for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo.

Author: Ted Hughes, Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/03/2011

Ted Hughes' poetry for children is as rich, powerful and magical as anything he wrote. This new recording consists of a collection of the children's poems of Ted Hughes, introduced and selected by acclaimed writer Michael Morpurgo, and read by both Morpurgo and actor Juliet Stevenson.

Stories for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo

Stories for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Ted Hughes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/03/2011

A selection of Ted Hughes's wonderfully vivid children's fiction, read by the author and selected and introduced by Michael Morpurgo. The recordings include The Iron Man; Creation Tales for the Very Young :Long Ago When the World Was Brand New... How the Whale Became, How the Polar Bear Became, How the Cat Became, How the Hare Became. Creation Tales for Children aged 8+ The Guardian, The Invaders, The Playmate and The Dancers. Creation Tales for Children aged 10+: The Dreamfighter, Gozzie, Camel, The Grizzly Bear and the Human Child

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

A stunning, new, limited edition version of a much-loved children's classic. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant metal man who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and he and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome space-bat-angel-dragon from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is here presented as part of an exciting new collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.

Letters of Ted Hughes

Letters of Ted Hughes

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2007

At the outset of his career Ted Hughes described letter-writing as 'excellent training for conversation with the world', and he was to become a prolific master of this art which combines writing and talking. This selection begins when Hughes was seventeen, and documents the course of a life at once resolutely private but intensely attuned to other lives (including a readership comprising both adults and children); a life pared down to essentials and yet eventful, peripatetic, at times publicly controversial.

Ted Hughes: Selected Translations

Ted Hughes: Selected Translations

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2006

The achievement of Ted Hughes as a poet is inseparable from his achievement as a translator of poetry and poetic drama. Throughout a long and intensely productive career, Hughes was continuously engaged in acts of translation, for the page and for the stage, starting with his role in the establishment of the annual Poetry International in London and the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation, which he co-founded with Daniel Weissbort in 1965, and which notably brought to attention poets such as the Israeli Yehuda Amichai, the Hungarian Janos Pilinszky and the Yugoslav Vasko Popa. The present volume, edited by Weissbort, surveys this aspect of Hughes's canon for the first time, offering a broad selection from his numerous translations, together with hitherto unpublished material (versions of Paul Eluard, or of Yves Bonnefoy), and excerpts from essays and letters. Strongly rooted in a native tradition, Hughes was nevertheless indebted to literary cultures other than his own, and his work far transcends national boundaries. The present volume selects from his versions from a wide variety of ancient texts - the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Aeschylus, Euripides, Ovid, Seneca, Racine - and equally from a range of twentieth century European poets and dramatists.

Ted Hughes Reading His Poetry

Ted Hughes Reading His Poetry

Author: Ted Hughes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/03/2005

An extensive selection of the late Laureate's major poems, read in his inimitable style. Ted Hughes, one of England's foremost poets, and Poet Laureate since 1984, is also a haunting reader of his own work. On this recording he reads his own choice of more than fifty poems from the first twenty years of a literary career that began with the publication of 'Hawk in the Rain' in 1957. In particular, the programme includes a generous selection from two of his most powerful and distinctive works: 'Wodwo' (1967) and 'Crow' (1970).

Collected Poems of Ted Hughes

Collected Poems of Ted Hughes

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2003

From his remarkable debut The Hawk in the Rain (1957) to his death in 1998, Ted Hughes was a colossal presence in the English literary landscape. This edition collects for the first time his poetry of five decades, including such characteristic achievements as Crow, Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters. It also charts the parallel but less familiar story of Hughes's private-press publications: a manifold activity ranging from broadsides and pamphlets to entire collections of poems, many of which have not previously circulated beyond their original readership. The Collected Poems reprints the ensemble of the published poetry, including those poems written 'within hearing' of children which Hughes marked out for a separate adult readership, and the nearly two hundred uncollected poems which he published in periodicals but never reprinted. The various lives of the poetry are here integrated within a single chronology, and the notes give evidence of their interconnection, and of the extent to which revision was integral to this complex and copious body of work. 'A guardian spirit of the land and language.' Seamus Heaney

Difficulties of a Bridegroom

Difficulties of a Bridegroom

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/1996

'These nine pieces hang together, in my mind, as an accompaniment to my poems'. So wrote Ted Hughes in the foreword to this collection, taken from forty years of occasional story-telling. Of the nine items, six are from Wodwo, Hughes's 1967 collection of poems and other writings, while 'The Head' has appeared only in a magazine, and 'The Deadfall' in an anthology of ghost stories. 'O'Kelly's Angel', written when the author had just left university, is published for the first time.

Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being

Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/04/1992

This critical work on Shakespeare attempts to show his complete works - dramatic and poetic - as a single, tightly-integrated, evolving organism. Identifying Shakespeare's use in the poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece , of the two most significant religious myths of the archaic world, Hughes argues that these myths later provided Shakespeare with templates for the construction of every play from All's Well that Ends Well to The Tempest . He also argues that this development, in turn, represented his poetic exploration of conflicts within the living myth of the English Reformation. The claim is a large one, but Hughes supports his thesis with a painstakingly close analysis of language, plots and characters.

The Coming of the Kings

The Coming of the Kings

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1970

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