Ted Hughes' biography appears to be on the backburner.
The contested life of one of Britain's best-loved poets, Ted Hughes, has found controversy once more after his estate stopped cooperating with his latest biographer, Jonathan Bate.
Shakespeare scholar Bate began working on a biography of Hughes in 2010 though has been barred from private archives and asked to return photocopies of privately held documents by the poet's estate. He is no longer has the right to quote extensively from the poet's work.
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