Letters Of Ted Hughes. Selected and edited by Christopher Reid, Faber, €40
Arguably the greatest English language poet since Yeats, Ted Hughes never conformed to the stereotype of the weedy, introverted writer.
A vigorous, rugged, outdoors man, a fisher of pike, salmon and women, Hughes was an obsessive letter writer, and while this 740-page selection represents only a quarter of his ext ant correspondence, it is an astonishing collection.
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