Birthday Letters, Paperback Book
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Ted Hughes's Birthday Letters are addressed, with just two exceptions, to Sylvia Plath, the American poet to whom he was married.

They were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963, and represent Ted Hughes's only account of his relationship with Plath and of the psychological drama that led both to the writing of her greatest poems and to her death.

The book became an instant bestseller on its publication in 1998 and won the Forward Prize for Poetry in the same year.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780571194735

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moving poems. Hughes finally speaks of his relationship with Sylvia Plath

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These are good poems, professional and well-written. But they are not great. There are some petty and even malevolent reviews here but let's keep to facts. Sylvia Plath was a minor poet and never approached the power or authenticity of Hughes. Which is perhaps one of the reasons she killed herself. But she got her revenge - finally because of her and for her he produced this introspective domestic collection like Betjeman or even Eliot on a bad day instead of the soaring haunting beauty of his earlier poems. But I do love Fulbright Scholars.

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