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Ted Hughes: Major Manuscript Collections

Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library,
Special Collection: The Ted Hughes Archives

In 1997, Emory University acquired manuscripts, letters, photographs ... with a shipping weight of 5000 pounds. The material covers the whole of Hughes's oeuvre and includes quite a number of items relating to Sylvia Plath's work (e.g. manuscript pages of draft poems by Sylvia Plath with drafts of Ted Hughes poems on the reverse, material relating to Falcon Yard the lost novel Sylvia Plath had been working on).

In May 2003, Emory added Ted Hughes's Library to their holdings in the Ted Hughes Archives. You can read the press release on this acquisition on this site.

The collection is housed in the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Holdings:

Important additions:

  • the Ted Hughes's Library, over 6000 volumes (further details here).

  • »[...] approximately 400 manuscript pages of Ted Hughes' early work including drafts from Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, and Wodwo«, acquired from a private collection.«

  • »[...] Ted's lengthy correspondence with Lucas Myers between 1956-1988.«

  • »two individual poems that Ted wrote in 1947 or 1948 making them among the earliest known poems by him.«

  • letters from Ted Hughes to his brother Gerald (188 letters written between 1950 and 1988)

  • correspondence between Daniel Weissbort and Ted Hughes, including: »[...] both personal and professional correspondence between Weissbort and Ted Hughes from ca. 1957-1998, and between Weissbort and Joseph Brodsky from 1977—1996. [...] also contain[ing] Weissbort's correspondence with Hughes and others, as well as working papers, for several projects: a translated edition of Yehuda Amichai's poetry, translations of Brodsky's poetry, an anthology of Russian literature, a volume of poetry by Susan Alliston, and Hughes' translation, with Janos Csokits, of Janos Pilinszky's poetry.

Details:

  • The correspondence between Hughes and Weissbort contains praise and advice for Weissbort's poetry as well as information about several of Hughes' own writing projects, particularly Crow, Wodwo, and Birthday Letters. Hughes also comments on his publication of Sylvia Plath's juvenilia, as well as other writers' works about Plath. These letters also contain details of Hughes' everyday life and news of friends and family. The collection also contains photocopies (and originals of fax transmissions) of Weissbort's letters to Hughes from 1995 until shortly before Hughes' death in 1998, providing access to material that was not a part of the Ted Hughes' collection when it was purchased by Emory in 1996. Many of Weissbort's earlier letters to Hughes are contained in the Ted Hughes collection.

  • Hughes and Weissbort collaborated on an edition of Yehuda Amichai's poems, and items relating to this project are included in the collection: correspondence, copies of typescript drafts of the book, and autograph manuscript and typescript versions of Hughes' introduction.

  • The correspondence from Joseph Brodsky to Weissbort, and photocopies of Weissbort's correspondence to Brodsky, provides details of their 1979 dispute about translations of Brodsky's poetry. There is also personal correspondence and letters that record their proposed collaboration on an anthology of Russian literature. The collection contains correspondence from others regarding this project, as well as printed items relating to Brodsky's death, including the programmes from his New York and London memorial services.

  • Susan Alliston was a poet and friend of both Weissbort and Hughes in London during the 1960s. After her death, they had hoped to publish a volume of her poetry. The collection includes typescripts of Alliston's poems, a typescript of Hughes' draft introduction to the book, and correspondence relating to the project. There is also a damaged photograph of Susan Alliston.

  • This collection also contains material relating to Hughes' translation of Janos Pilinszky's poetry, including a typescript of Hughes' article about the translations (published in 1989), and autograph and typescript drafts of translations by Hughes and Janos Csokits.«
 

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