Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life

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A captivating life of Ted Hughes, told with great depth by the prize-winning author of 'The Genius of Shakespeare', and biographer of John Clare, Jonathan Bate. Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. With an equal gift for poetry and prose, he had a magnetic personality and an insatiable appetite for friendship, for love and for life. But he attracted more scandal than any poet since Lord Byron. Renowned scholar Sir Jonathan Bate has spent five years in his archives, unearthing a wealth of new material. Here for the first time is the full story of Ted Hughes's life and work. At its centre is Hughes's lifelong quest to come to terms with the suicide of his first wife, Sylvia Plath.

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Jonathan Bate CBE is Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. He is Vice-President of the British Academy, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was a 2014 judge for the Man Booker Prize. His biography of John Clare (a poet who was a key influence on Ted Hughes) was short-listed for seven literary prizes and won three of them, including Britain's two oldest literary awards, the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and the Hawthornden Prize (which Hughes won for Lupercal). Soul of the Age, his intellectual biography of Shakespeare, was runner up for the Biography Prize of American PEN. He has also published on the influence of the classics ('Shakespeare and Ovid'), on Wordsworth ('Romantic Ecology') and the poetry of nature ('The Song of the Earth'), and has worked in the theatre ('Being Shakespeare: A One-Man Play' for Simon Callow), all of which were Hughesian obsessions.

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