Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes

About the book

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.

Reviewed by  U3A Book Circle 3:

Very evocative. Beautiful language. Well worthy of all the prizes gained

Star Rating: ****

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  1. Review by Gosport Bookworms:
    This was not a popular selection. Most of the group found it obscure and gloomy; some did not try to complete it. On the positive side, the majority recognised Hughes’ brilliant imagery and there were two of us who particularly enjoyed it. I, for one, intend to buy my own copy. This is definitely not a normal book club ‘easy read’ but some knowledge of the Hughes/Plath relationship might have helped the group to understand and appreciate the poetry a little better.
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