PLATH (SYLVIA) Ariel, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM TED HUGHES TO HIS PARENTS, inscribed "To Mam & Dad with love Ted", Faber and Faber, 1965
Lot 369
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Ariel, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM TED HUGHES TO HIS PARENTS, inscribed "To Mam & Dad with love Ted", Faber and Faber, 1965
Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 15,083) inc. premium

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The Property of Frieda Hughes
PLATH (SYLVIA)
Ariel, FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM TED HUGHES TO HIS PARENTS, inscribed "To Mam & Dad with love Ted", publisher's cloth, dust-jacket [Tabor A5a], 8vo, Faber and Faber, 1965

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  • AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ARIEL, INSCRIBED BY TED HUGHES TO HIS PARENTS.

    Ariel was edited by Ted Hughes, whose daughter Frieda felt that her father had "honoured my mother's work and her memory by publishing Ariel... He, perhaps more than anyone, recognised and acknowledged her talent as extraordinary. Without Ariel, my mother's literary genius might have gone unremarked forever" (The Letters of Sylvia Plath, 2017, Preface). Towards the end of 1962 Plath had gathered together in a black ring binder most of the poems which would eventually be included in Ariel, a title Plath chose shortly before she died in February 1963. In his introduction to Plath's Collected Poems (1981) Hughes recalled that "The Ariel eventually published in 1965 was a somewhat different volume from the one she had planned... The collection that appeared was my eventual compromise between publishing a large bulk of her work... and introducing her late work more cautiously".
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