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Ted Hughes (1930-1998), poet laureate, was born at Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930, the son of William Henry Hughes and Edith Farrar Hughes. He was educated at Mexborough Grammar School, having moved there in 1937, when his father opened a newsagent's shop. In 1948, he won a scholarship to Cambridge, and read English at Pembroke College before changing to Archaeology and Anthropology, graduating in 1954. At Cambridge he met Sylvia Plath (d 1963), whom he married in 1956. The year after his marriage his first book of poetry, The Hawk in the Rain, was published by Faber and Faber to widespread acclaim. A number of increasingly diverse publications followed, including childrens' stories and poetry, librettos and poetry. After a short period in London and the USA, he moved to Devon in 1961. In 1970, he married his second wife, Carol Orchard, who survived him. He became Poet Laureate in 1984, and received the Order of Merit just before his death. He died in London in October 1998. By his first wife, he had one son and one daughter.

From the guide to the Papers of Ted Hughes, 1971, 1979, (University of Exeter)

Ted Hughes (1930-1998), poet laureate, was born at Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930, the son of William Henry Hughes and Edith Farrar Hughes. He was educated at Mexborough Grammar School, having moved there in 1937, when his father opened a newsagents. In 1948 he won a scholarship to Cambridge, and read English at Pembroke College before changing to Archaeology and Anthropology, graduating in 1954. At Cambridge he met Sylvia Plath (d1963), whom he married in 1956. The year after his marriage his first book of poetry, The Hawk in the Rain, was published by Faber and Faber to widespread acclaim. A number of increasingly diverse publications followed, including childrens' stories and poetry, librettos and poetry. After a short period in London and the USA he moved to Devon in 1961. In 1970 he married his second wife, Carol Orchard, who survived him. He became Poet Laureate in 1984, and received the Order of Merit just before his death. He died in London in October 1998. By his first wife he had one son and one daughter.

From the guide to the Papers of Ted Hughes, 1982, (University of Exeter)

Ted Hughes (1930-1998), poet laureate, was born at Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930, the son of William Henry Hughes and Edith Farrar Hughes. He was educated at Mexborough Grammar School, having moved there in 1937, when his father opened a newsagents. In 1948 he won a scholarship to Cambridge, and read English at Pembroke College before changing to Archaeology and Anthropology, graduating in 1954. At Cambridge he met Sylvia Plath (d1963), whom he married in 1956. The year after his marriage his first book of poetry, The Hawk in the Rain, was published by Faber and Faber to widespread acclaim. A number of increasingly diverse publications followed, including childrens' stories and poetry, librettos and poetry. After a short period in London and the USA he moved to Devon in 1961. In 1970 he married his second wife, Carol Orchard, who survived him. He became Poet Laureate in 1984, and received the Order of Merit just before his death. He died in London in October 1998. By his first wife he had one son and one daughter.

Noel Chanan (1939- ) initially studied photography at college, but subsequently (following four years at the BBC 1962-1966) pursued a thirty-five year career as a freelance documentary film-maker, both as a director and an editor. Included in his output as a director have been a number of films about photography, including an award-winning portrait of South African photographer David Goldblatt; biopics of English photographers George Rodger and Bert Hardy; a series on the history of nineteenth century photography and another on pioneers of cinema. Retiring from active film-making in 1998, Chanan has now returned to photography full-time, with three solo exhibitions between 1998 and 2003, writings on the history of photography, exhibition curating and teaching. His photograph of Ted Hughes at Lurley Manor won the Lord Scott of Portswood Award at the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts 2002 Open Competition, and three of his photographic portraits are held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Noel Chanan lives in North Devon.

From the guide to the Papers of Ted Hughes, 1979, (University of Exeter)

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referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn American Review records, 1967-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Papers of Ted Hughes, 1979 University of Exeter
referencedIn Poetry mss., 1954-2002 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Ben Sonnenberg Papers, 1956-2010 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Papers of Ted Hughes, 1971, 1979 University of Exeter
creatorOf Papers of Ted Hughes, 1982 University of Exeter
referencedIn Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings, 1931- (ongoing). Woodberry Poetry Room, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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