Photograph of Ted Hughes

Scope and Content

Photographic print of Ted Hughes at Gidleigh Park, taken by Carol Hughes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ted Hughes (1930-1998), poet laureate, was born at Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930, the son of William Henry Hughes and Edith Farrar Hughes. He was educated at Mexborough Grammar School, having moved there in 1937, when his father opened a newsagent's shop. In 1948, he won a scholarship to Cambridge, and read English at Pembroke College before changing to Archaeology and Anthropology, graduating in 1954. At Cambridge he met Sylvia Plath (d 1963), whom he married in 1956. The year after his marriage his first book of poetry, 'The Hawk in the Rain', was published by Faber and Faber to widespread acclaim. A number of increasingly diverse publications followed, including childrens' stories and poetry, librettos and poetry. After a short period in London and the USA, he moved to Devon in 1961. In 1970, he married his second wife, Carol Orchard, who survived him. He became Poet Laureate in 1984, and received the Order of Merit just before his death. He died in London in October 1998. By his first wife he had one son and one daughter.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL conditions apply

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carol Hughes in 2013.

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note


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No copying is permitted without prior permission of the copyright holder.

Related Material

See also: EUL MS 50a, MS 58, MS 132, MS 174, MS 192, MS 192 add. 1, MS 263, MS 357, MS 360.