HUGHES (TED) The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("Written [printed: To Sylvia] and now presented to her with all my love" on the dedication leaf, Faber and Faber, 1957
Lot 325
HUGHES (TED)
The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("Written [printed: To Sylvia] and now presented to her with all my love" on the dedication leaf, Faber and Faber, 1957
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HUGHES (TED) The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("Written [printed: To Sylvia] and now presented to her with all my love" on the dedication leaf, Faber and Faber, 1957 HUGHES (TED) The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("Written [printed: To Sylvia] and now presented to her with all my love" on the dedication leaf, Faber and Faber, 1957
HUGHES (TED)
The Hawk in the Rain, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED TO THE DEDICATEE SYLVIA PLATH ("Written [printed: To Sylvia] and now presented to her with all my love" on the dedication leaf, publisher's cloth, dust-jacket (worn at extremities with small loss at head of spine with loss to letter "T") [Sagar/Tabor A1a], 8vo, Faber and Faber, 1957

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  • THE DEDICATION COPY OF TED HUGHES'S FIRST BOOK, INSCRIBED TO SYLVIA PLATH. The Hawk in the Rain won the First Publication Award in a competition sponsored in early 1956 by the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York. There were 287 entries, and the distinguished judging panel was made up of the poets Stephen Spender, W.H. Auden, and Marianne Moore who wrote of Hughes's entry "The talent is unmistakable. The work has focus, is aglow with feeling, with conscience; sensibility is awake, embodied in appropriate diction". The prize was that the book be published by Harper in America, and also the opportunity to negotiate independently with a British publisher. Faber accepted the manuscript on 9 May, had enthusiastically returned proofs for correction within one week, and published the book on 13 September, five days prior to the American edition.

    Sylvia Plath was instrumental in the genesis of the book, and the launching of Hughes's career. On the day after they received notification that The Hawk in the Rain had won the prize (24 February 1957), Plath wrote to her mother stating "I am more happy than if it was my book published! I have worked so closely on these poems of Ted's and typed them so many countless times through revision after revision that I feel ecstatic about it all... There is no question of rivalry, but only mutual joy..." (Letters Home, Faber, 1990, p.297).
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