RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 192 add. 1
Date1979; 2000
Extent2 items
TitleTed Hughes, Exhibition Posters and Limited Prints
DescriptionPoster advertising exhibition of illustrations to Ted Hughes' poems, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), 12 September to 28 October 1979. One of a limited edition of 150 posters signed by both the poet and the artist, Leonard Baskin. Also one, possibly the proof, of a limited edition of 100 copies of the poem "Thomas the Rhymer's Song" with woodcut illustration by Baskin, printed by the Gehenna Press and published on the occasion of the opening of the Ted Hughes Papers, Robert R Woodruff Libary, Emory University on 7 April 1000.
Admin HistoryTed 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.

Leonard Baskin was born in 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and brought up in Brooklyn. He had his first exhibition of sculpture in New York at the age of seventeen and went on to study at Yale University followed by the New School for Social Research between 1941 and 1949. In 1953 he began teaching printmaking and sculpture at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1974. During that period he founded Gehenna Press, a small private press specializing in fine book production. He moved to Tiverton, Devon in 1974 close to his friend, Ted Hughes, and stayed till 1983 when he returned to America. He died in 2000.

Hughes and Baskin worked in close collaboration on Hughes' collection of poems entitled 'Cave Birds', also held in Special Collections (EUL MS 58).
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialOther collections relating to Hughes are held by the University of Exeter: EUL MS 58, EUL MS 132, EUL MS 192, EUL MS 192 add. 2 and EUL MS263 and EUL MS 290. Other papers relating to Ted Hughes are held at the following repositories: University of Birmingham (Sceptre Press Archive); Emory University, USA (Robert W. Woodruff Library).
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Finding_AidsListed. See Description.
Creator_NameHughes; Ted (1930-1998); poet laureate
Baskin, Leonard (1922-2000); sculptor and artist
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/64Hughes; Edward James (1930 - 1998); poet laureate1930 - 1998
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