This is a unique copy of Saint Botolph’s Review, with a handwritten note by Ted Hughes and corrections by Lucas Myers. Named after the rectory where Myers lived, the first edition of this literary journal was created in February 1956 by Hughes with Cambridge University friends and contemporaries David Ross (who was the journal's editor), Lucas Myers, Daniel Huws, Daniel Weissbort, Than Minton and George Weissbort. It contains poetry and prose works. A year later, Hughes published his first collection of poetry, titled The Hawk in the Rain (1957).
Hughes’s note explains that the copy acquired its stains when Myers, out selling copies of the journal, fell of his bicycle and smashed the bottles of wine that were also sitting in his pannier. The incident occurred on the morning of 25 February 1956, before the party to celebrate the journal’s launch was held later that evening. As Hughes documents in the Birthday Letters poem ‘St Botolph’s’, it was at this party that he and Sylvia Plath first met.
- Full title:
- Saint Botolph's Review
- 1956, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
- D Ross
- Periodical / Pamphlet / Ephemera / Manuscript annotation
- David Ross, Ted Hughes, E Lucas Myers, Daniel Huws, Daniel Weissbort, Than Minton, George Weissbort
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David Ross: © Estate of David Andrews Ross. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
Ted Hughes: © The Ted Hughes Estate. No copying, republication or modification is allowed for material © The Ted Hughes Estate. For further use of this material please seek formal permission from the copyright holder.
E Lucas Myers: © E. Lucas Myers. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
Daniel Huws: © Daniel Huws. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
Daniel Weissbort: © The Estate of Daniel Weissbort, 1956. Reproduced with permission of Johnson & Alcock Ltd. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
Than Minton: © Estate of Dr Nathaniel Minton. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
George Weissbort: © Estate of George Weissbort. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
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- Article by:
- Neil Roberts
- Literature 1950–2000
Professor Neil Roberts explores the development of Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes’s 1998 poetry collection that was written over a period of 25 years and concerns Hughes’s relationship with the American poet Sylvia Plath.
- Article by:
- Karen Kukil
- Gender and sexuality, Exploring identity
The unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath span the entirety of the poet's adult life. Karen Kukil, who edited the journals, reflects on what we can learn from them about Plath's life and work.