Fiftieth anniversary edition of this ambitious, shapeshifting, mythical work.
This anniversary edition with a new foreword by Marina Warner celebrates fifty years since original publication of Crow (1970), which marked a pivotal moment in Ted Hughes's writing career.
Growing out of an invitation by Leonard Baskin to make a book with him about crows, Hughes found both a structure and a persona that gave his vision a new power and coherence. A deep engagement with history, mythology and the natural world combine to forge a work of impressive and unsettling force.
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) won instant acclaim with his first book, The Hawk in the Rain, and a glittering literary career culminated four decades later with the Whitbread Book of the Year award for Tales from Ovid (1997) and then again for Birthday Letters (1998). He served fourteen years as Poet Laureate and in 1998 was appointed to the Order of Merit.