Celebrating Ted Hughes

In celebration of the creative work of British poet laureate Ted Hughes who passed away on October 28, 1998, Special Collections, University of Calgary Library, has an exhibit of monographs, chapbooks, as well as a typescript of Hughes' adaptation of Seneca's Oedipus.

The works were acquired as part of a larger collection of contemporary British poets from Eric Walter White who was at one time with the British Arts Council. Mr. White and his wife knew and supported many writers and were close friends of Ted Hughes.

On his visit to the University Library to deliver a lecture and to mark the acquisition of the Eric White poetry collection, Mr. White spoke of Ted Hughes' extraordinary affinity to the natural world by relating that wherever Ted Hughes appeared animals would also appear.

The books in the exhibit are almost all of limited edition, some with illustrations by Leonard Baskin, and often inscribed to the Whites.

In the one unique book in the collection, titled Amulet, Ted Hughes taped two badgers whiskers on to the title page with the lines "These are badger's whiskers/ To bring you good luck's briskers."

The exhibit is in the MacKimmie Library (MLT 1214) from November 1 through December 21, 1998.

Public hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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