Meet My Folks

HUGHES, Ted

INSCRIBED TO LEONARD CLARK

HUGHES, Ted Meet My Folks

Faber, 1961.

First edition. Original illustrated paper covered boards in matching pictorial dustwrapper. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPy, inscribed by the author to fellow poet, Leonard Clark, "with good wishes from Ted Hughes 7 July 1965". Clark bookplate to front pastedown. Publisher's review slip laid in. Eight full page illustrations in line by George Adamson. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper that has some fading to the spine and a couple of cup rings to the back panel.

Inscribed copies of Hughes's children's books are uncommon. Hughes first met Leonard Clark in 1965 after which they became friends, but Clark, in his capacity as poetry critic, had previously reviewed both The Hawk in the Rain and Lupercal, initially noting that the young poet showed promise and then with more enthusiasm, "Watch this poet… if he continues to write poetry and develop at the present rate, he has a glowing future".This is the author's third collection of poetry and his first book of children's verse, written around the time Sylvia Plath was expecting their first child, Frieda, to whom this book is dedicated. George Adamson's finely drawn line illustrations are alive with the whimsical comedy of the poems, and both Hughes and Plath were delighted with them, writing to the artist 'We were pleased beyond our dreams at your illustrations of Meet My Folks [sic]—they were absolutely right'.

Stock ID: 19526

£850.00

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