Poet and Critic

The Letters of Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar

Edited by Keith Sagar

Edited by Keith Sagar

Distributed for British Library

340 pages | 6 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2012
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780712358620 Published June 2012 For sale in North and South America only

The correspondence between the British poet Ted Hughes and literary critic Keith Sagar lasted from 1969 until Hughes’s death in 1998. During that time Hughes wrote 146 letters to Sagar, which show a unique dialogue between a writer and a critic. In the letters Hughes describes his creative process candidly and in great depth, offering exceptional insight into the poet at work. Their relationship, however, extended to many areas beyond literature, and the letters also cover such topics as Hughes’s travels, hunting, religion, education, and his fraught relationship with Sylvia Plath. Never published before in their entirety, this collection provides a significant new perspective on Hughes’s life and work.

Mark Wormald | Times Literary Supplement
“A wholly compelling book.”
K. Gale, University of Nebraska | Choice
“For Plath and Hughes scholars, this is a must-read book. . . . Recommended.”
John Moat, author of The Way to Write
“That Keith Sagar was engaged with Hughes in such a correspondence for nearly thirty years and in such detail, is a measure of Hughes’s trust and of how constructive and fortifying he found their exchange.”
Contents
Acknowledgements and Credits
Introduction
A Note on the Text

The Letters of Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar

Appendices
Select Bibliography
Index of Works by Ted Hughes
General Index
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