File: "Hughes, Ted"

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CQA1/1/65
  • Dates of Creation
      29 Aug 1962-11 Jun 1979
  • Physical Description
      118 pieces; 149 leaves.

Scope and Content

Correspondence with and relating to Ted (Edward James) Hughes (1930-1998), British poet. Also includes correspondence with his wife Carol and his sister Olwyn Hughes, a literary agent handling the work of Hughes and Sylvia Plath. The correspondence contains numerous references to works by Hughes submitted to CQ, including: 'The Road to Easington' (/1); 'Reveille' (/2); 'Second Bedtime Story' (/9 and /17-18); a number of the 'Crow' poems (/21 and /24); 'Genesis of Evil' and 'Crow's Courtship' (/37); poems from the 'Cave Birds' sequence (/74-80 and /82); an article on Janos Pilinszky (/80-81, /83-5); 'Teaching a Dumb Calf', 'The Foal Has Landed' and 'Turning Out' (/95-98); 'Here is the Cathedral' (/99-101); and 'A Knock on the Door' (/106-8).

References to works by Sylvia Plath published in CQ include: 'Parliament Hill Fields' (/1); 'A Birthday Present' (sent by Hughes shortly after Plath's death) (/2); an extract from radio play 'Three Women' (/12 and /14-15); 'On Deck' (/21); 'Two Campers in Cloud Country' (/21 and /24); 'Insomniac', 'Widow', 'Candles' and 'Mirror' (/33-6).

Other topics covered include: dealings with Olwyn Hughes as literary agent for Hughes and other authors; A.E. Dyson's thoughts on Hughes's poetry in 1967 (/6); Hughes's booksWodwo and Prometheus on his Crag; readings by Hughes in Manchester, in 1971, 1976 and 1978; a 1972 piece on Plath by Margaret Newlin entitled 'The Suicide Bandwagon'; the teaching of English and the Association for Verbal Arts manifesto in 1983-4; and Hughes's thoughts on R.S. Thomas's work (/110).

Various typescript and proof copies of poems are also included in the file. These consist of a typescript copy of Plath's 'A Birthday Present' (/2) and poems by Hughes as follows: typescript copy of 'Reveille' (/2); annotated galley proof of 'Warm Moors', 'Stations', 'The Knight', 'Folk-Lore', and 'A Match' (/4); typescript copy of 'A Grin' (/8); annotated proof of 'A knock at the door, you open the door' (/92); annotated typescript and proof copy of 'Here is the Cathedral' (/99); photocopied typescripts of 'Rain', 'The Rose', 'Widdop', 'Top Withens', 'Happy Calf', untitled extract, and 'Tractor' (/102). /20 is a signed copy of a limited edition pamphlet publication of Hughes's 'The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar'.

Dated at: London NW1, NW3 and NW5; and North Tawton, Devon.

Holograph and autograph letters from Hughes are placed at: /2-3, /7, /9-11, /18, /67, /70, /82, /98-9, /109-14, and /116.


/109-118 are from the 1993 accession of CQ papers.