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Birthday letters

By: Hughes, Ted

0571194737 / 9780571194735
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Reprint. Originally published: 1998.

With just two exceptions, these 88 poems, in the form of a narrative, are addressed to Sylvia Plath, the American poet to whom Ted Hughes was married.

They were written over a period of more than 25 years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963.

Intimate and candid, they cover the whole period of their relationship, from the first meeting to the aftermath of Plath's death, but are largely concerned with the psychological drama that led to the writing of her finest poems and to her death.


2AB English, BG Biography: general, DCF Poetry by individual poets, DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets


W 1998 Forward Poetry Prize
W 1999 TS Eliot Prize
W 1998 Whitbread Prize (Poetry)
W 1998 Whitbread Book of the Year
W 1998 Forward Poetry Prize: Best Collection
W 1998 Whitbread Book of the Year

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