Letters of Ted Hughes

Un libro in lingua di Ted Hughes Reid Christopher (EDT) edito da Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2008

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Ted Hughes described letter-writing as "excellent training for conversation with the world." From several thousand letters, his longtime editor Christopher Reid has selected nearly three hundred, which show him in all his aspects: poet, husband and father, lover of the natural world, proud Englishman, and a man for whom literature was a way of being fully alive to experience.
There are letters dealing with Hughes's work on his classic books, from the early breakthrough Lupercal to the wonder-working Crow and the late, revelatory Birthday Letters. There are letters discussing, with notable frankness, his marriages to Sylvia Plath and then to Assia Wevill. After marrying Carol Orchard in 1970, Hughes ran a farm in Dorset for several years, and there are reports here from both farmyard and desk - letters touching on his interest in astrology, his strong and original views of Shakespeare, and his passion for fishing and for the environment generally. Letters to his close friend Seamus Heaney and to Philip Larkin (his predecessor as England's best-known poet) situate Hughes among his peers as never before.
Letters of Ted Hughes reveals the author as a correspondent of great vigor and subtlety. It deepens our understanding of - and our admiration for - this great twentieth-century writer.

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