Poetry News

Letters of Hughes and Plath go public

By Harriet Staff

The British Library has acquired some illuminating letters written by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to Hughes' sister, as well as a handful of Hughes' unpublished poems. "Luxury is stuffed down your throat—a mass-produced luxury—till you feel you'd rather be rolling in the mud and eating that," wrote Hughes to his sister.

Read what else the poetic pair wrote at BBC News:

In a letter from 1960, Hughes tells his sister that "everybody's full of Harold Pinter" following the playwright's first production of The Caretaker in London.The British Library notes that, in most cases, Plath added her news to the reverse or end of Hughes' letters "providing an interesting juxtaposition of handwriting, opinion and subject matter".

Originally Published: September 15th, 2010