Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life

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About the Author
Jonathan Bate is Professor of Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University, USA.
"Bate has written, capaciously, arrestingly, a kind of tragedy...often veers close to the poet's singular perspective...He reminds us Ted Hughes was a marvelous poet: firstly, then fitfully, and then in a blaze near the end, and that the greatness in the work draws power from sources deeper than myth."--Glyn Maxwell, New York Times Book Review
"Magisterially respectful of Hughes...An uncompromising biographer [who] hasn't been swayed by interested parties...In Hughes's life, with its echoes of Greek tragedy, Bate finds grist for a new perspective on his work."--Christopher Benfey, The Atlantic
"An incisive, humane and deeply absorbing account of Hughes's life and work."--New York Times
"Remarkable...one of the very best biographies in years."--Joyce Carol Oates
"A masterly biography."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Jonathan Bate is a dazzling scholar, and in TED HUGHES he sheds new light on the poet and his times...Mr. Bate embodies...the touchstone of good biography: the complete sympathy of complete detachment."--Sara Wheeler, in "The Best Biographies of 2015," Wall Street Journal
"A vigorous biography... Bate, a professor of literature, gives sustained attention to Hughes's poems, substantiating the poet's own view that "as an imaginative writer, my only capital is my own life."--The New Yorker
"An excellent biography: compulsively readable, elegantly assembled... and sensitive to the many aspects of Hughes's grand and complicated character."--Christopher Wiman, Wall Street Journal, front page review
"An intelligent, even donnish work of criticism that connects the poems to the life..."--Washington Post
"This scrupulous biography acknowledges and explicates Hughes's brilliance as one of the twentieth century's great poets...Hughes deserved a fine biographer, and in Bate he got one."--Daily Beast
"Imaginative, comprehensive...worthy of becoming the standard life of Hughes. Illuminating, elegant, and excellent."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Scrupulous and lucid... [Hughes] was a dedicated and brilliantly sharp-eyed recorder of material that might or might not one day get hammered into poetry, and even the tiny pieces that Bate gives us glitter."--The Guardian
"Illuminating."--Daily Mail (London)
"...Bate has provided new depth to Ted Hughes' biography..."--Minneapolis Star Tribune