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Sir Jonathan Bate is Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. He is Vice-President of the British Academy, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was a 2014 judge for the Man Booker Prize. His biography of John Clare (a poet who was a key influence on Ted Hughes) was short-listed for seven literary prizes and won three of them, including Britain's two oldest literary awards, the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and the Hawthornden Prize (which Hughes won for Lupercal). Soul of the Age, his intellectual biography of Shakespeare, was runner up for the Biography Prize of American PEN. He has also published on the influence of the classics ('Shakespeare and Ovid'), on Wordsworth ('Romantic Ecology') and the poetry of nature ('The Song of the Earth'), and has worked in the theatre ('Being Shakespeare: A One-Man Play' for Simon Callow), all of which were Hughesian obsessions.

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Ted Hughes The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate
Ted Hughes The Unauthorised Life
Jonathan Bate
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015. Renowned scholar Sir Jonathan Bate has spent five years in his archives, unearthing a wealth of new material. His book offers for the first time the full story of Ted Hughes's life...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2015

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