Liverpool University Press, 2000
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The Laughter of Foxes. A Study of Ted Hughes
The Laughter of Foxes is the first study to be published since Hughes' death, and therefore the first to survey the whole of Hughes' achievement, including Birthday Letters. It contains a great deal new information, including extracts from Hughes' letters, and the first publication of the background story of Crow. There are chapters on the mythic imagination, on the poetic relationship of Hughes and Plath, and on the evolution of a Hughes poem through all its manuscript drafts. But the main purpose of the book is to attempt an adequate reading of Hughes' poetry, revealing the underlying quest which transformed his imagination, leading him by painful stages from a vision of a world made of blood to a vision of a world made of light.
Keith Sagar is the author or editor of several books on both D. H. Lawrence and Ted Hughes. He enjoyed the friendship of Ted Hughes for thirty years, and received 145 letters from him.
Critical comment on Keith Sagar's The Art of Ted Hughes (1975):
»Dr Sagar's is a valuable and important book; felicitous in style and. clarity of exposition. His book, in fact, reveals a long and profound study of the poems, and an exceptional breadth of reading. One cannot finish Dr Sagar's book without a deepened understanding, a heightened awareness of the depth and significance of Ted Hughes' work.« Hermann Peschmann
»The book is probably the most readable critical study since the war ... a fascinating and overall view of a major poetic talent at work, seen at the most personal and intrinsic levels.« Martin Booth
Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 38
ISBN: 0-85323-565-1 h/b; 0-85323-575-9p/b
Publication date:. February 2000
Pages/Size/Format/Price: pp., 216 x 138mm, £27.50 h/b; £14.95 p/b
Rights: World Country of commissioning: UK
Readership: Undergraduate/Postgraduate - Literature & Criticism, Modern Poetry, Poetry Criticism
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(Liverpool University Press, 2000)
The Laughter of Foxes surveys the whole of Hughes' achievement, not only in verse. It contains a great deal of new information, including extracts from Hughes' letters to the author, a detailed chronology of his life and work by Ann Skea, and the first publication of the background story of Crow. There are chapters on the mythic imagination, the poetic relationship of Hughes and Plath, and on the evolution of a Hughes poem through all its manuscript drafts. But the main purpose of the book is to attempt an adequate reading of Hughes' poetry, revealing the underlying quest which transformed his imagination, leading him by painful stages from a vision of a world made of blood to a vision of a world made of light.
»This book is invaluable for anyone interested in Hughes' work« ELAINE FEINSTEIN
»Sagar's strength is his ability to appreciate from the inside the mythic journey which Hughes was undertaking through his work. Sagar's fine and sensitive book is proof that penetrating critical thought can be couched in lively and readable prose« ERICA WAGNER
»In an age when most of what passes for literary criticism is of interest to no-one but initiates of its own scarcely penetrable codes, here is a book which continually reminds us what an enlarging joy and privilege and challenge it is to read the work of a master-poet. In doing so, it performs a valuable service both to its subject and to the wider evolution of consciousness in our time. Whether poetry matters to us or not, the responsibility remains with each of us to bring to our lives the highest degree of ethical commitment and imaginative energy of which we are capable. And in that struggle, as the life and work of Ted Hughes so magnificently demonstrate, poetry can be far more than the consolation of an idle hour: it becomes a vital source of transforming energy«
Keith Sagar's book (hardback or paperback) can be ordered from most of the bookstores listed in the Bookstores section.