Difficulties of a Bridegroom

Scope and Content

Partly typewritten and printed, partly autograph with some autograph annotations and corrections. Drafts of 'O'Kelly's Angel', 'The Deadfall', 'The Head' and the foreword for the short story collection, Difficulties of a Bridegroom are included. In the foreword Hughes writes that 'These nine pieces hang together, in my own mind, as an accompaniment to my poems'. He also writes that 'Some time around 1962, I hit on the phrase 'Difficulties of a Bridegroom' and this became the working title of almost everything I wrote for the next few years'. Some untitled drafts and notes are also included together with publisher’s proofs of the volume. Two of the proofs are marked ‘Corrected 1st Proofs’, whilst a third is not. A copy of Bananas Russian Issue (no.11, summer 1978), in which Hughes’ short story ‘The Head’ was published is also included. This folder includes undated material.


Originally found in a cardboard box containing proofs of different works

Conditions Governing Access


Not Public Record(s)

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

3 folders and 1 envelope


Collection of short stories first published by Faber and Faber in 1995. 'O'Kelly's Angel' was first published in Granta on 18th May 1957, 'The Head' was previously published in the magazine, Bananas in the summer edition of 1978 and 'The Deadfall' was published in a collection Ghostly Haunts edited by Michael Morpurgo in 1994.