Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes


Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He was one of Britain's most important poets, his work infused with myth; a love of nature, conservation, and ecology; of fishing and beasts in brooding landscapes.

With an equal gift for poetry and prose, and with a soul as capacious as any poet in history, he was also a prolific children's writer and has been hailed as the greatest English letter-writer since John Keats. His magnetic personality and insatiable appetite for friendship, love, and life also attracted more scandal than any poet since Lord Byron. His lifelong quest to come to terms with the suicide of his first wife, Sylvia Plath, is the saddest and most infamous moment in the public history of modern poetry.

Hughes left behind a more complete archive of notes and journals than any other major poet, including thousands of pages of drafts, unpublished poems, and memorandum books that make up an almost complete record of Hughes's inner life, which he preserved for posterity. Renowned scholar Jonathan Bate has spent five years in the Hughes archives, unearthing a wealth of new material. His book offers, for the first time, the full story of Hughes's life as it was lived, remembered, and reshaped in his art. It is a book that honors, though not uncritically, Hughes's poetry and the art of life-writing, approached by his biographer with an honesty answerable to Hughes's own.

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  • 001_Ted Hughes_introharper
    Duration: 09s
  • 002_Ted Hughes_Prologue
    Duration: 01h57s
  • 003_Ted Hughes_Chapter_01
    Duration: 37min
  • 004_Ted Hughes_Chapter_02
    Duration: 26min
  • 005_Ted Hughes_Chapter_03
    Duration: 39min
  • 006_Ted Hughes_Chapter_04
    Duration: 19min
  • 007_Ted Hughes_Chapter_05
    Duration: 34min
  • 008_Ted Hughes_Chapter_06
    Duration: 38min
  • 009_Ted Hughes_Chapter_07
    Duration: 26min
  • 010_Ted Hughes_Chapter_08
    Duration: 28min
  • 011_Ted Hughes_Chapter_09
    Duration: 38min
  • 012_Ted Hughes_Chapter_10
    Duration: 01h16min
  • 013_Ted Hughes_Chapter_11
    Duration: 49min
  • 014_Ted Hughes_Chapter_12
    Duration: 49min
  • 015_Ted Hughes_Chapter_13
    Duration: 01h06min
  • 016_Ted Hughes_Chapter_14
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 017_Ted Hughes_Chapter_15
    Duration: 01h03min
  • 018_Ted Hughes_Chapter_16
    Duration: 53min
  • 019_Ted Hughes_Chapter_17
    Duration: 34min
  • 020_Ted Hughes_Chapter_18
    Duration: 56min
  • 021_Ted Hughes_Chapter_19
    Duration: 36min
  • 022_Ted Hughes_Chapter_20
    Duration: 36min
  • 023_Ted Hughes_Chapter_21
    Duration: 37min
  • 024_Ted Hughes_Chapter_22
    Duration: 54min
  • 025_Ted Hughes_Chapter_23
    Duration: 46min
  • 026_Ted Hughes_Chapter_24
    Duration: 37min
  • 027_Ted Hughes_Chapter_25
    Duration: 48min
  • 028_Ted Hughes_Chapter_26
    Duration: 44min
  • 029_Ted Hughes_Chapter_27
    Duration: 22min
  • 030_Ted Hughes_Chapter_28
    Duration: 51min
  • 031_Ted Hughes_Chapter_29
    Duration: 01h16min
  • 032_Ted Hughes_Chapter_30
    Duration: 01h05min
  • 033_Ted Hughes_Chapter_31
    Duration: 36min
  • 034_Ted Hughes_Epilogue
    Duration: 01h14min
  • 035_Ted Hughes_outroharper
    Duration: 37s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min