The long over-due “Letters of Ted Hughes” has recently been released and is revealing shocking secrets. Hughes has long been hated by the fans of infamous poet Sylvia Plath, his late wife. Devoted Plath fans have actually gone so far as to scratch out his surname from her tombstone.
When Plath’s letters were published, the collection was edited by Plath’s mother, and she choose to leave out some revealing details about Plath and Hughes relationship. Details which haven' t been censored from Hughes new collection. Sylvia Plath, it turned out, was a passionate lover and a great love-letter writer. Her love letters are still being kept under the lock and key of the Plath estate, but Hughes' collected letters show his responses to her love letters and reveal something beautiful about their tragic relationship.Ted Hughes is, of course, famous for more than just being the husband of Sylvia Plath, in fact- while she was still alive he was better known then she was. He is considered to be the one of the most influential British poets of his era. His creative works include poems, children’s books, plays, radio shows, and of course a large collection of letters to name a few. Some of his work is very revealing, such as his collection of poems entitled “Birthday Letters,” but if you want an inside look at this unauthorized autobiography in letters, and to skim a little insight into the inner workings which influenced the mind of this literary great, you’ll have to pick up the book.