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Difficulties of a Bridegroom

Hughes, Ted

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ISBN 10: 031214587X / ISBN 13: 9780312145873
Published by Picador, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Difficulties of a Bridegroom

Publisher: Picador, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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A collection of stories by the Poet Laureate of England includes among others the fable "O'Kelly's Angel," about a man who captures and cages an angel, and "The Wound," about an episode in World War II.


Ted Hughes is Britain's reigning poet laureate, and he confesses that most of his short fiction is merely "an accompaniment to my poems." But there are many gems here, including the affecting trilogy portraying the poet's South Yorkshire childhood. The finest tale in this collection may be "The Wound," actually a radio play about a dying soldier trekking across a pitiless desert. The death-march transforms itself into an allegory of the Buddhist path from death to rebirth. Most of these short stories date from the 1950s and 60s, before Hughes became a famous poet.

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