Ted Hughes

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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behind a more complete archive of notes and journals than any other major poet, including thousands of pages of drafts, unpublished poems, and memorandum books that make up an almost complete record of Hughes's inner life, which he preserved for posterity.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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    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
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    Duration: 19min
  • 007_Ted Hughes_Chapter_05

    Duration: 34min
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    Duration: 38min
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    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
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    Duration: 49min
  • 015_Ted Hughes_Chapter_13

    Duration: 01h06min
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    Duration: 01h03min
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    Duration: 01h03min
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    Duration: 53min
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    Duration: 34min
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    Duration: 56min
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