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Mexborough Business Centre
Saturday 8 September
4.30pm – 5.30pm
Tickets: £3. To reserve your place, please book through our TicketTailor event page.
On 28th October, 1998, Ted Hughes died of colon cancer in a London hospital, aged 68. Hughes had kept his illness secret from all but very close friends and family, so his death came as a surprise to the world of British poetry in which Hughes had been the preeminent figure for much of his adult life. At the time of his death, Hughes’s reputation was at a high point- after a decade or so in which controversies about his role as laureate and his relationship with Sylvia Plath, his first wife, seemed to have diminished his status – with his last two collections, Tales from Ovid and Birthday Letters, receiving great critical and popular acclaim. Since then Hughes’s reputation has continued to grow, as much more of this encyclopaedic writer’s ouevre has become available to scholarship and the general public, giving us a sense of the range, breadth and depth of his work as well as the ambition that informed it. Steve Ely’s talk will expound and examine the developments that have enriched our understanding of Hughes’s achievement and its standing in the wider context of English poetry.