"Ted Hughes (1930-1998) is one of the greatest English poets of the twentieth century, for whom recognition came early and who was unusually successful in the difficult role of poet laureate. Yet his life was dogged by tragedy and controversy. His marriage to Sylvia Plath marked his entire life, and he never completely recovered from her suicide in 1963, though he chose to remain silent on the subject for more than thirty years. Drawing on extensive archive material and her own revealing analysis of Hughes's poems, as well as interviews with childhood friends, fellow undergraduates, poets, and critics, Elaine Feinstein, who knew Hughes for nearly thirty years, gives a complex portrait of a poet intrigued by the forms of magical experience that preoccupied Shakespeare and Yeats, who was nevertheless a down-to-earth Yorkshire man. This is an outstanding biography, the first since Hughes's death of an exceptional poet whose life, if not conventionally blameless, was always lived with generosity, and of a large-spirited, magnetic personality who enriched any company her entered."
Book in very good condition.