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    DescriptionFormerly Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II, the late Ted Hughes (1930-98) is recognized as one of the few contemporary poets whose work has mythic scope and power. And few episodes in postwar literature have the legendary stature of Hughes's romance with, and marriage to, the great American poet Sylvia Plath. The poems in "Birthday Letters" are addressed (with just two exceptions) to Plath, and were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963. Some are love letters, others haunted recollections and ruminations. In them, Hughes recalls his and Plath's time together, drawing on the powerful imagery of his work--animal, vegetable, mythological--as well as on Plath's famous verse. Countless books have discussed the subject of this intense relationship from a necessary distance, but this volume--at last--offers us Hughes's own account. Moreover, it is a truly remarkable collection of pems in its own right.


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    Title
    Birthday Letters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ted Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 197
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374525811
    ISBN 10: 0374525811
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 821.914
    BISAC V2.8: POE005020
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    DC22: 821.914
    B&T General Subject: 640
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    BISAC V2.8: POE003000
    LC classification: PR6058.U37 B57 1998B
    Publisher
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Imprint name
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Publication date
    30 March 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ted Hughes died in October 1998, having received acclaim in the last year of his life: the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize for "Tales from Ovid," the Forward Prize for" Birthday Letters," and the British Order of Merit. He was Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II.
    Review quote
    "An extraordinary book . . . [Hughes's] subject is Plath herself--how she looked and moved and talked, her pleasures, rages, uncanny dreams, and many terrors, what was good between them and where it went wrong."--A. Alvarez, "The New Yorker" "The critics who are urging us to regard these poems as masterpieces are right. Their intensity of feeling, the clarity of their imagery, the precision, energy, simplicity, and fluidity of their language are still striking."--Paul Levy, "The Wall Street Journal" "An emotional, direct, regretful, and entranced [tone] pervades the book's strongest poems, which are quiet and thoughtful and conversational."--Katha Pollitt, "The New York Times Book Review" "Most of the poems in "Birthday Letters" have a wonderful immediacy and tenderness that's new to Hughes's writing, a tenderness that enables him to communicate Plath's terrors as palpably as her own verse, and to convey his own lasting sense of loss and grief. . . . They should be read because they constitute the strongest, most emotionally tactile work of Hughes' career."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times " "The publication of "Birthday Letters" is the most sensational event I can think of in the recent history of English-language poetry."--Christopher Benfey, "Slate " "The book comes like a thunderbolt from the blue. And reading it is like being hit by a thunderbolt. Its power is sometimes tender, sometimes funny, sometimes anguished, and always springing from a burning, continuous present. Anyone who thought Hughes's reticence was proof of his hard heart will immediately see how stony they have been themselves. This is a book written by someone obsessed, stricken, and deeply loving. There is nothing like it in literature."--Andrew Motion, "The London Times"