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Ted Hughes Papers, 1957-1979 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Ted Hughes Papers, 1957-1979Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1957-1979

ID: MS/MS/ms146

Primary Creator: Hughes, Ted (1930-1998)

Other Creators: Plath, Sylvia

Extent: 8.0 Items

Date Acquired: 02/03/1967

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence from Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes to Olwyn Hughes, Ted's sister. Also, included is correspondence from Hughes to Graham Ackroyd and Ian Hamilton and typescript and manuscript drafts of Adam and the Sacred Nine.

Collection Historical Note

Edward James "Ted" Hughes (August 17, 1930 –October 28, 1998) was an English poet and children's writer. Critics routinely rank him as one of the best poets of his generation. Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her death by suicide in 1963. His most significant work is perhaps Crow (1970). Despite being widely praised, Crow also divided critics, combining an apocalyptic, bitter, cynical and surreal view of the universe with what sometimes appeared simple, childlike verse. In addition to his own poetry, Hughes wrote a number of translations of European plays, mainly classical ones. His Tales from Ovid (1997) contains a selection of free verse translations from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Hughes also wrote both poetry and prose for children, one of his most successful books being The Iron Man, written to comfort his children after Sylvia Plath's suicide. In his last collection, Birthday Letters, Hughes broke his silence on Plath, detailing aspects of their life together and his own behavior at the time. Hughes' definitive 1,333-page Collected Poems appeared (posthumously) in 2003.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 807. Purchased from House of Books, Ltd., February 3, 1967. (ALS to Ackroyd)

Accession number 1073. Purchsed from Bertram Rota Ltd. Booksellers, August 27, 1969. (Correspondence to Olwyn Hughes)

Accession number 1140. Purchsed from Paul C. Richards, February 3, 1970. (ALS to Hamilton)

Accession number 22891. Purchased, October 12, 2002. (Adam and the Sacred Nine)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hughes to Graham Ackroyd. Hughes invites him to visit them in London when he is there, no dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Hughes to Iam Hamilton. Hughes discusses why `help' is disadvantageous to the poet, and how and to whom he writes his poetry. These discussions were in answer to a questionnaire submitted by Hamilton, no dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages
Item 3: Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes. From Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes to Olwyn Hughes, describing winter in Boston, [1959: December]Add to your cart.
Autograph card signed, 1 page
Item 4: Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes. Plath discusses her current work and commenting on their life in America, [1959: June 30]Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 5: Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes. Plath described their moving-in activities; autograph note from Ted Hughes appended to letter from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, [1960: February]Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 6: Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes. Plath describes their recent activities at Smith, and discussing their hopes and plans for writing in the next few years, [1962: June]Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Drafts of Adam and the Sacred Nine by Hughes.  Quickly written drafts were then rewritten, then typed, then corrected and retyped, often again corrected. Appears to be the entire working manuscript of Adam and the Sacred Nine by The Rainbow Press (1979) and illustrated by Leonard BaskinAdd to your cart.
Typescript and manuscript, 127 pages

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