Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on August 17, 1930. Hughes’s lengthy career included over a dozen books of poetry, translations, non-fiction and children’s books, such as the famous The Iron Man (1968). His books of poems include: Wolfwatching (1990), Flowers and Insects (1986), Selected Poems 1957-1981 (1982), Moortown (1980), Cave Birds (1979), Crow (1971) and Lupercal (1960). His final collection, The Birthday Letters (1998), published the year of his death, documented his relationship with Sylvia Plath. Hughes won many of Europe’s highest literary honors, and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1984, a post he held until his death. He died in October 28, 1998.