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Ted Hughes, late poet laureate of England, was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930. After attending Cambridge University, he went on to become a well-known poet, novelist, and essayist with dozens of books to his credit. His last work, Birthday Letters, a poetry collection chronicling his relationship with American poet Sylvia Plath, was published shortly before his death in 1998 at the age of 68.
"A tall-tale hero in a parable for today. The author's intensely felt theme and his invention of dramatic details make this brief piece of fiction high-spirited and entertaining." --The Horn Book "A clever, inventive fantasy of timely appeal to children." --Booklist "Written with such great gusto, with such vivid precision, that children will sit spellbound in their ringside seats." --Publishers Weekly "A great book to start up a family reading tradition. Irresistible." --Boston Phoenix "Reckoned one of the greatest of modern fairy tales." --The Observer (England) "A thrilling and unforgettable tale, magnificently told." --Trade News (England) "Hughes has never written more compellingly...with linguistic tact and imaginative power to achieve something of possible enduring consequence." --The Times (England) "Riveting." --The Tablet (England) "Brilliant." --The Listener (England)