Anecdotal and immensely charming, "Ted and I" is a unique
portrait of a shared childhood between Gerald Hughes and his
younger brother Ted, one of the finest and best-loved poets of
modern times. Ted's love for Gerald was probably one of the most
enduring and sustaining forces in his life. Hughes brings alive a
period when the two brothers would roam the countryside, camping,
making fires, pitching tents, hunting rabbits, rats, wood pigeon
and stoats. Ted's fascination with all wildlife subsequently fed
directly into his sublime poetry. Gerald describes watching his
brother evolving into a great poet and describes them continuing
their relationship, even when many miles apart.
Containing a great many unique and never-before seen family
photographs of Ted Hughes, as well as unpublished material, this
extraordinary memoir is an achingly poignant tale of childhood and
youth and togetherness; the tenderness of brotherly love and the
development of a poetic mind as Hughes went into the air force, on
to Cambridge where he published his first poems and met Sylvia
Plath, before settling in Devon with Sylvia, where their children
were born. Ted and I also features a foreword by Gerald's niece
Frieda Hughes, the daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and
herself a well-known painter and poet.
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