Ted hughes poet laureate was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century he was one of britains most important poets his work infused with myth a love of nature conservation and ecology of fishing and beasts in brooding landscapes. Ted hughes with sylvia plath on their honeymoon paris 1956 the pair met at a party and quickly fell in love photograph alamy stock photo there was so much of him he lived the lives of many men called ted hughes driven all of them by a core of energy so bright and fierce it burned out many . Interview jonathan bate author of ted hughes the unauthorised life biographer jonathan bate says his job is to write about the quality and endurance of the literary work his new biography has been disavowed by the hughes estate. In his introduction to ted hughes the unauthorised life jonathan bate offers a cardinal rule of literary biography the work and how it came into being is what is worth writing about what is to be respected the life is invoked in order to illuminate the work the biographical impulse must be at one with the literary critical. Ted hughes the poet could never disassociate himself from the disasters of his private life
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