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British Library acquires Ted Hughes magazine

15th April 2010

A rare edition of the student-made poetry journal Saint Botolph's Review annotated by Ted Hughes has been acquired by the British Library.

The document, which is one of just three copies held by UK public institutions and the only one with handwritten notes from the former poet laureate, was given to the library by his second wife, Carol Orchard.

Hughes created the first edition of the Saint Botolph's Review in February 1956 with his Cambridge University peers Lucas Myers, Daniel Huws, David Ross and Daniel Weissbort.

The writer met his first wife, poet Sylvia Plath, at a launch party for the magazine and documented the encounter in 'Saint Botolph's', which was published in his 1998 collection Birthday Letters.

Helen Broderick, curator of modern literary manuscripts at the British Library, commented: 'This acquisition of an annotated first edition of the Saint Botolph's Review offers researchers insight into Hughes' early work and will I hope lead to further research into his life and development as a poet and writer.'

Recently, it was announced that a memorial plaque will commemorate Hughes in Westminster Abbey's Poets Corner, seeing him join greats such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Percy Bysshe Shelley and T.S. Eliot.

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