Ted Hughes (1930-1998)

Death: 28th October 1998
Location: Ted Hughes Memorial Stone, Near River Taw, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England (N 50° 39.715 W 003° 58.145)
Cause of death: Heart attack whilst receiving treatment for colon cancer
Photo taken by: To Hatch A Crow
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English poet and children's writer. Hughes was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.  Hughes was married to American poet Sylvia Plath, from 1956 until her death by suicide in 1963.  His last poetic work, Birthday Letters (1998), explored their complex relationship. Birthday Letters was the winner of the 1998 Forward Poetry Prize for best collection, the 1998 T. S. Eliot Prize, and the 1999 British Book of the Year award.  His most significant work is perhaps Crow (1970), which whilst it has been widely praised also divided critics. He also wrote both poetry and prose for children, one of his most successful books being The Iron Man, written to comfort his children after Sylvia Plath's suicide.  In December 2011 Hughes was commemorated with a memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.