The Laughter of Foxes

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The Laughter of Foxes

A Study of Ted Hughes

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 38

2006

June 1st, 2006

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The Laughter of Foxes was the first study to be published after Hughes’ death, and therefore the first to survey the whole of Hughes’ achievement, including Birthday Letters. It contains a great deal of new information, including extracts from Hughes’ letters, and the first publication of the background story of Crow. There are chapters on the mythic imagination, on the poetic relationship of Hughes and Plath, and on the evolution of a Hughes poem through all its manuscript drafts. But the main purpose of the book is to attempt an adequate reading of Hughes’ poetry, revealing the underlying quest which transformed his imagination, leading him by painful stages from a vision of a world made of blood to a vision of a world made of light.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Epigraph6
Preface9
Acknowledgements13
Abbreviations14
A Timeline of Hughes’ Life and Work15
1: The Mythic Imagination35
2: From Prospero to Orpheus70
3: The Evolution of ‘The Dove Came’121
4: From World of Blood to World of Light138
Appendix: The Story of Crow204
Select Bibliography215
Index of Works by Ted Hughes223
General Index227