Finding-Aid for the Ted Hughes Papers (MSS146)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Manuscripts

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998
Title: Ted Hughes Papers
Dates: [1957-1979]
Identification: MSS146

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Biographical 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.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Ted Hughes Papers 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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Reading Room and Reproduction Policy.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of Intent to Quote from or Publish Manuscript Materials.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Sources

Purchase. Accession 807, 1073, 1140, 22891

Processed by Washington University Special Collections Staff

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Series I. Correspondence,

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Correspondence from Ted Hughes to Graham Ackroyd (Accession 807),
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, ALS, 1p
Hughes invites him to visit them in London when he is there.
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Correspondence from Ted Hughes to Ian Hamilton (Accession 1140),
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, ALS, 2p
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.
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Correspondence from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes (Accession 1073),
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, ACS, 1p
From Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes to Olwyn Hughes, describing winter in Boston.
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, ALS, 1p
Plath discusses her current work and commenting on their life in America.
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, ALS, 1p
Plath described their moving-in activities; ms. note from Ted Hughes appended to letter from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes.
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, June 30, ALS, 1p
Plath describes their recent activities at Smith, and discussing their hopes and plans for writing in the next few years.

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Series II. Manuscripts,

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Typescript and manuscript drafts of Adam and the Sacred Nine by Ted Hughes (Accession 22891), (127p)
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 Baskin.

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