In 1975 the University of Liverpool Library exchanged the original autograph drafts for the play Orpheus and Eurydice (ref.no. MS.3.56(15)) for some other Ted Hughes MSS. We hold photocopies of the drafts for Orpheus and Eurydice.
The Ted Hughes Collection includes various manuscript and typescript poem drafts. They include The Martydom of Bishop Farrar, Lust and Desire,Six Young Men, Egghead, The Horses, Famous Poet,Wind, Bayonet of Charge,Macaw and Little Miss, the Bedtime Story poems (published in Crow under different titles), Magical Dangers, Conjuring in Heaven, Rocket to Venus,Gog II, To be a Girl's Diary,Fern, Bad News Good!, Eating with Friends, As I sit Stoking my TV and The Thought Fox. Some of these have been heavily worked upon. There is also a small number of poems that appear not to have been published and/or are untitled. There is a small amount of correspondence, some scenarios possibly intended for television, scripts for radio plays and drafts of the plays The Demon and Orpheus and Eurydice. The majority of the archive comprises material related to Hughes's adaption of Seneca's Oedipus. This includes drafts of the play, proofs and printer's copies and correspondence related to this, accounts and correspondence concerning Hughes's transactions with The National Theatre with particular reference to a dispute over contract, and material relating to various productions. There are also two translations of Oedipus.