Ted Hughes: A Literary Life by Neil RobertsTed Hughes: A Literary Life by Neil Roberts

Ted Hughes: A Literary Life

byNeil Roberts

Paperback | October 13, 2006

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How was Ted Hughes's poetry affected by Sylvia Plath? What is the importance of his early life on the Yorkshire moors with his elder brother, that he called Paradise? How did writing Birthday Letters affect his attitude to his life and career? This book attempts to answer these questions by a close study of Hughes's poetic development.
NEIL ROBERTS is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK. With Terry Gifford he publishedTed Hughes: A Critical Study(1981), and he has also written books on Narrative and Voice in Postwar Poetry, Peter Redgrove, D.H. Lawrence, George Meredith and George Eliot, and edited theBlackwell Companion to Twentieth-Ce...
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Title:Ted Hughes: A Literary LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.61 inPublished:October 13, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230580971

ISBN - 13:9780230580978

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Formation and Juvenilia 'The Thought-Fox': Hughes and Cambridge The Encounter with Sylvia Plath Dreaming from America: Lupercal Wodwo : the 'Single Adventure' and the Death of Sylvia Plath The Making of Crow The 'Plath Wars' The Shaman-Poet and Masculine Guilt: Gaudete and Cave Birds Farmer Hughes: Moortown Diary and Season Songs Return to the Calder Valley: Remains of Elmet, Wolfwatching and Elmet Fisherman Hughes: River The Poet Laureate Writing for Children Hughes as Translator Mourning Plath: Birthday Letters Epilogue Select Bibliography Index

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'Ted Hughes: A Literary Life is a masterly account of Hughes' career as a writer, of the influences which formed him, of the cost of the literary life in precluding the more spontaneous life of a farmer or fisherman. Neil Roberts draws on a long and deep familiarity with all Hughes' published work, and on the extensive collections of unpublished material. Hughes' claims for poetry were so great that he was invariably dissatisfied with his own achievements. Nevertheless, Roberts demonstrates that Hughes' stature in the second half of the twentieth century is comparable to that of Yeats and Eliot in the first.' - Keith Sagar, Special Professor of English, University of Nottingham, UK 'Ted Hughes: A Literary Life really is masterly - the story riveting and the criticism judicious.' - James Booth, Professor of English Literature, University of Hull, UK 'Ted Hughes: A Literary Life gives us true scholarship at the service of its subject, and it would be difficult to find praise high enough for Roberts's marvellous achievement.' - William Bedford, Agenda 'Roberts is an acute and sensitive observer of the language and rhythm of Hughes's poetry...this book is valuable background reading for any discussion of Ted Hughes's life and work.' - Ann Skea, Eclectica Magazine 'Neil Roberts has a direct style and a precise focus, both of which make this a most stimulating and crisp analysis of Hughes's work.' - The Use of English