Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes : The Life of a Poet

3.59 (240 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$12.62

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


Ted Hughes is one of the greatest English poets of this century, yet his life was dogged by tragedy and controversy. His marriage to the American poet Sylvia Plath marked his whole life and he never entirely recovered from her suicide in 1963, though he chose to remain silent on the subject for more than 30 years. Many people, including his friend Al Alvarez, have held Hughes's adultery responsible for Plath's death. Elaine Feinstein first met Hughes in 1969, and she was a good friend of his and his sister Olwen's, both of whom guarded the Plath estate. She knows many of the European and America poets who so influenced Hughes - Seamus Heaney, Thom Gunn, Miroslav Holub, and knows the world in which both he and Plath moved.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 322g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16
  • 0753813572
  • 9780753813577

Review quote

Elaine wrote a big piece for YOU MAGAZINE which ran on 27 Octoberand we've received lots of review coverage in the paperback review columns including thefollowing: 'her concise and illuminating biography.... the result is never less than enthralling'THE IRISH TIMES 'Feinstein's biograhpy shows the late Poet Laureate as a much more vulnerable and sympathetic figure than the myth all
show more

About Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein is a prize-winning poet, novelist and biographer. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1980 and her work has been translated into many languages. She is the author of highly praised lives of Pushkin and Ted Hughes (the first biography).
show more

Review Text

"Elaine Feinstein is completely at home with Hughes's work as well as his story. She vividly recreates the atmosphere of London literary life in the fifties and Sixties." Daily Mail

"A serous attempt to set out this complex poet's life and to understand the poetic task he set himself. A fine poet herself (and a friend of Hughes; they first met in 1969) Feinstein's readings of his work are sensitive and never over-psychologise ... This is an admirable book, fond but fair; hard to believe it could be bettered any time soon." The Times
show more

Rating details

240 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 18% (42)
4 38% (92)
3 34% (81)
2 7% (17)
1 3% (8)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X