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The site is currently undergoing redesign. All pages should be accessible, and I will try to remove any possible bugs asap.
The British Library opened their exhibit "The
Page is Printed" in their front hall.
The display marks the publication of the Collected Poems and will continue until 1st February 2004.
British Library Press Release.
[Address: The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB]
Ted Hughes: Collected Poems has just arrived. Since I am away from home until 6th November, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions of the past few weeks. A full review will be posted next week.
A new book, Ted Hughes: Collected Poems has just been published by Faber & Faber. Collecting poems of all the major publications as well as pieces that have been published in newspapers, magazines, etc., the book comes to over 1300 pages. I will publish a table of contents and a review asap. in these pages once the review copy comes in.
Diane Middlebrook, author of Her Husband. Hughes and Plath — A Marriage, just informed me that her book will be published by Viking Press on 13th October 2003. You will find further information on the book and the book tour on her website at http://www.dianemiddlebrook.com/.
The 100th and final issue of Signal
Approaches to Children's Books, a magazine to which
Ted Hughes occasionally contributed and whose Poetry Award he had
won several times, has just been published. Issue 100 contains a
number of articles that might be of interest like
"So Many Books, So Little Time: The Patrick Hardy Lecture" by current Children's Laureate Anne Fine,
"The Signal Poetry Award" by award winning author Jan Mark,
"The Shawl of the Beauty of the World: The Children's Books of Ted Hughes" by children's literature critic Neil Philip,
or "In the Company of Shakespeare" by Swedish scholar Ishrat Lindblad.
Additional information and exclusive extracts from all articles at Signal's web site.
The British Library have created a web page about the Ted Hughes collections in the Library. The page can be accessed at www.bl.uk/collections/britirish/modbrihughes.html.
There will also be a Ted Hughes exhibition at the Library to coincide with the publication of the Collected Poems in November 2003. It will show a number of fine press works, some of the books and magazines likely to have influenced Hughes, and some rare publications in which his work first appeared.
Keith Sagar has just informed me that Chaucer Press is going to publish his Literature and the Crime Against Nature next year (further information on Keith website www.keithsagar.co.uk).
Keith will also be offering a weekend course on Ted Hughes & Sylvia
Plath at Alston Hall (near
Preston) in October.
Details and booking forms can be obtained from Alston Hall - 01772 784661, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or their web-site at www.alstonhall.u-net.com
Here is the official announcement:
TED HUGHES AND SYLVIA PLATH
Friday - Sunday, 24th - 26th October 2003
The literary world was astounded when, in January 1998, Hughes published Birthday Letters, an intimate account in 88 poems of his relationship with Sylvia Plath. These poems were, in their 'confessional' nature, unlike any Hughes had written before, and spoke with amazing candour of matters on which he had maintained a resolute silence since Plath’s suicide in 1963. The book sold in vast numbers and won many prizes. Hughes died only a few months later; but he is now once more in the headlines, in connection with the controversial film about his relationship with Plath.
The tutor was a friend of Ted Hughes for thirty years, and is the author of several books on him.
Tutor: Keith Sagar
The Iron Man Project
There is news from Mytholmroyd -- a little late since I could not access the server to put on the updates.
Local schoolchildren from the area illustrated different chapters from The Iron Man to be put up at the Old Station, the intended location for Mytholmroyd's Ted Hughes Centre.
On Friday 27th the Junior Band, mayors and local MP were at Mytholmroyd Railway Station for the unveiling of the Iron Man Story Boards. The project was initiated by Father Gott of the Good Shepherd Centre and supported by Faber & Faber Publishers and Arriva Trains Northern. The project was sponsored by several local businesses, like The Book Case from Hebden Bridge, who sponsored the "Space-Being and the Iron Man" board (below). You can find a more detailed account on mytholmroyd.net
And here are a few photographs I've been sent (click for a larger version pop-up), courtesy of Felicity Potter and Frances Robinson.
Emory University has acquired Ted Hughes' library ! More on this on a separate page in the "By Ted Hughes" section.
Congratulations to Michael Morpurgo, who has been named as the third children's laureate ! More information at www.childrenslaureate.org.
I have received notification that, sadly, the following two publications have been cancelled:
Ted Hughes: "Ted Huges at the BBC" (Audio Cassette)
Ted Hughes "The Dreamfighter Volume II: the Grizzly Bear and the Human Child" (Audio Cassette).
Richard Webster has published his essay on »"The Thought-Fox" and the poetry of Ted Hughes« on his site www.richardwebster.net/. [On-line essay]. The essay originally appeared in The Critical Quartely in 1984 (Vol, 26, No. 4, Winter 1984).
13-i-2003 / 20-i-2003 (navigation issues)
A Happy New Year everybody. Well, obviously, the site has undergone another full revision. Here is a short run-through:
December 2002 | January 2003
Ted Hughes: Selected Poems 1957-1994 was published
in the US. Paperback: 336 pages (October 9, 2002), Farrar Straus & Giroux,
$15.00, ISBN: 0374528640.
A review by Peter Davison is in the New York Times. Many thanks to Arlindo Correia for this.
There are two chapters on Hughes in Raphaël Ingelbien's recent
monograph: Misreading England: Poetry and Nationhood Since
the Second World War. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2002. Thanks
to Raphaël Ingelbien for this.
Daniel Weissbort: Letters to Ted.
has been published. 109 pages, October 2002, Anvil Press
Poetry, ISBN: 0856463418.
Ann Skea has published a review of the book on her website.
Ted Hughes: The Cat & the Cuckoo was republished with new illustrations by Flora McDonnell.
Carlie Bell's: Ted Hughes: A Beginner's Guide was published by Hodder & Stoughton. (Review)
The conference publication from Ted Hughes 2000 in Lyon is forthcoming and currently scheduled for 2003. A preliminary Table of Contents here.
You may find additional News at Sylvia Paul's site!