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Poetry at the Mermaid [Hughes & Plath's copy]

Poetry at the Mermaid [Hughes & Plath's copy] by PLATH, Sylvia - Ted Hughes (1961)

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Author: PLATH, Sylvia - Ted Hughes
Title: Poetry at the Mermaid [Hughes & Plath's copy]
Year: 1961
Publisher: Frank Overton, Westerham Press
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £300
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Sylvia Plath's and Ted Hughes's copy, annotated by Ted Hughes and the couple's daughter Frieda Hughes. Printed pictorial wrappers; the glued text block has come away from the binding and is separating into individual pages. Ted Hughes has annotated the inside of the lower cover with a sketch map of the Mediterranean coast of Spain, picking out the town of Palafrugell and the Tamariu Hotel. Frieda Hughes who inherited the book after her parents' death has inserted three brief notes on torn scraps of paper noting 'Ted Hughes + S. Plath reading guest poems' with two further handwritten inserts by Frieda marking 'Tulips' and her father's poem 'My Uncle's Wound'

Both poets were commissioned to write their poems for the Mermaid Festival and they both performed the poems at the Mermaid Theatre in London on July 17th 1961. Plath's contribution was recorded (see Youtube) and both poems were first published here. At the time of the festival theh couple were still living together and about to move into their home in Devon, Court Green.

Provenance: Frieda Hughes' sale of 'my personal family items' at Bonhams, London (21 March, 2018) which she described in the catalogue as 'redolent of my parents' joint history... the books and the pamphlets and the poems signed by my mother and father, represented important aspects of their literary lives and were evidence of their powerful partnership.'
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