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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.

Featured books by Ted Hughes

The Hawk in the Rain

The Hawk in the Rain

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

This multi-award winning collection, the first from Ted Hughes, has at its heart the mixture of beauty and violence in the natural world. Dedicated to Sylvia Plath, Hawk in the Rain is a stunning collection of poems on the themes of competition and the struggle for survival. Hughes would go on to become Britain's Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death in 1998.

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Other books by Ted Hughes

Collected Plays for Children

Collected Plays for Children

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2020

This volume contains six plays by Ted Hughes which are particularly suitable for performance by children. Four of them were published originally under the title, The Coming of the Kings and Other Plays. Added to these are Orpheus and The Pig Organ, the former only ever published in America, the latter (which was written as a libretto) never before published. Hughes enters the timeless world of folklore and fable and brings home a wonderful haul, managing to produce comedy, tragedy and magic from the same net, and then to move effortlessly between them. He makes stories from familiar elements (the Nativity, or Beauty and the Beast or a quest to save a sickening king), but approaches them from unexpected angles and sets them off in different directions. What characterizes the pieces is the energy Hughes generates not only in the unfolding action but in the drama of the language itself, which is as robustly up-to-date as it is lyrical.

River

River

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

First published in 1983, River celebrates fluvial landscapes, their creatures and their regenerative powers. Inspired by Hughes's love of fishing and by his environmental activism, the poems are a deftly and passionately attentive chronicle of change over the course of the seasons. West Country rivers predominate ('The West Dart' and 'Torridge'), but other poems imagine or recall Japanese rivers or Celtic rivers, and 'The Gulkana' explores an ancient Alaskan watercourse. At its core the sequence rehearses, in various settings, from winter to winter, the life-cycle of the salmon. All this, too, is stitched into the torn richness, The epic poise That holds him so steady in his wounds, so loyal to his doom, so patient In the machinery of heaven. from 'October Salmon'

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2020

Stunning illustrations by Chris Mould make this one of the most exciting editions of The Iron Man to be published. The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. 'Stunning.' WRD Magazine 'Whether you're already a fan of this classic children's story or a new reader, this wonderful new version is a real treat.' BookTrust 'Gripping . . a classic.' Phillip Pullman 'A visionary tale.' Michael Morpurgo 'One of the greatest of modern fairy tales.' Observer

Collected Poems of Ted Hughes

Collected Poems of Ted Hughes

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2020

For the first time, the vast canon of Ted Hughes's poetry together in one beautiful and collectable paperback edition. The Collected Poems spans fifty years of work, from Hawk in the Rain to the best-selling Birthday Letters. It also includes the complete texts of such seminal publications as Crow and Tales from Ovid as well as those children's poems that Hughes felt crossed over into adult poetry. Most significantly it also includes small press publications and editions that, until now, remain uncollected and have never before been available to a general readership. Ted Hughes - former Poet Laureate and the winner of the Whitbread and Forward Prizes - here demonstrates his presiding importance in English and twentieth-century poetry. 'A guardian spirit of the land and language.' Seamus Heaney

Crow

Crow

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

This anniversary edition celebrates fifty years since the original publication of Crow (1970) - the vital, shape-shifting collection by Ted Hughes. Its context, including the integral role of the American artist Leonard Baskin and the significance of Hughes' own lived tragedies, is illuminated in a new foreword by Marina Warner, as is the influence of ancient forms, legends and beliefs. The result underscores the work's rough music and organic energy, as we encounter the enigmatic, unforgettable, 'hulking, metamorphic beast-bird' itself. 'These scraps, spoken by a crow, took poetry to a new beginning. They are the bones of poems - made of mere lines: rude, surreal, gleeful, desolate poems - which for all their bleakness transmit a flash of hope. I would exchange much of English literature for their dark courage.' Alice Oswald

Tales from Ovid

Tales from Ovid

Author: Ted Hughes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 19/09/2019

The Hawk in the Rain

The Hawk in the Rain

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

This multi-award winning collection, the first from Ted Hughes, has at its heart the mixture of beauty and violence in the natural world. The Hawk in the Rain is a stunning collection of poems on the themes of competition and the struggle for survival. Hughes would go on to become Britain's Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death in 1998. Including many of Hughes' best-known poems, such as 'The Jaguar', 'The Thought-Fox' and 'Wind' - now staples of British poetry anthologies - The Hawk in the Rain is the foundation of Hughes' reputation as one of the twentieth-century's greatest poets. This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series of ten titles celebrating Faber's publishing over the decades.

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Stunning illustrations by Chris Mould make this one of the most exciting editions of The Iron Man to be published. The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. 'Stunning.' WRD Magazine 'Whether you're already a fan of this classic children's story or a new reader, this wonderful new version is a real treat.' BookTrust 'Gripping . . a classic.' Phillip Pullman 'A visionary tale.' Michael Morpurgo 'One of the greatest of modern fairy tales.' Observer

The Thought Fox

The Thought Fox

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.

What is the Truth?

What is the Truth?

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).

A March Calf

A March Calf

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.

The Iron Wolf

The Iron Wolf

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.

How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Ted Hughes wrote a series of stories for children from the early 1960s through until 1995 about how the world, and the creatures in it, came into being. They are collected here in one volume for the first time. These are richly told tales of sparkling intensity about animals finding their form, and God's struggle to understand what he has created. Meet the Polar Bear whose obsession with her snowy white fur is so great that she can only live in a landscape surrounded by her own reflection; the Whale, growing in God's garden beside the carrots; King Leo, who began life because God was hungry for his sausages; poor Parrot's painful defeat in the marriage song contest at the wedding of Man and Woman; and Sparrow's heroic battle against the bird-swallowing Black Hole. There are stories here to suit children from four to fourteen, whether for reading aloud or alone.

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A beautiful 50th Anniversary edition of The Iron Man, the bestselling classic by Ted Hughes, with the stunning original wood engravings from Andrew Davidson and an introduction by Michael Morpurgo. The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. 'Gripping . . a classic.' Phillip Pullman 'A visionary tale.' Michael Morpurgo 'One of the greatest of modern fairy tales.' Observer

The Iron Woman

The Iron Woman

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A beautiful 25th anniversary edition of Ted Hughes's The Iron Woman, the incredible sequel to The Iron Man, with the stunning original wood engravings from Andrew Davidson and a foreword by Michael Morpurgo. The streaming shape reared . . . like a sudden wall of cliff, pouring cataracts of black mud and clotted, rooty lumps of reeds. Mankind for has polluted the seas, lakes and rivers. The Iron Woman has come to take revenge. Lucy understands the Iron Woman's rage and she too wants to save the water creatures from their painful deaths. But she also wants to save her town from total destruction. She needs help. Who better to call on but Hogarth and the Iron Man . . . ? A sequel and companion volume to Ted Hughes' The Iron Man, this new, child-friendly setting will be treasured by a new generation of readers. 'A beautiful new edition . . . wonderfully imagined, hugely challenging, modern myth.' Carousel

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