Subseries 2.6
Children's writings, 1961-1997
Boxes 123-130; OP9-10

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists materials relating to Hughes's childrens collected works from 1961-1997. Materials relating to his published collections may include drafts of the book's table of contents, manuscript and typescript poems, complete typescripts, and proofs. The manuscripts and typescripts of individual poems have been arranged alphabetically by the poem's title, with unpublished material at the end of the subseries. If a poem was known by more than one title, the variant title(s) have been provided in brackets. If a poem was made up of, or included, other poems this is also indicated in brackets, thus [includes . . . .]. Because of Hughes' propensity to reuse paper, cross-references are used to note locations of related materials in other parts of the collection.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order by date of publication; individual poems within the work are arranged in alphabetical order.

Meet My Folks (1961)
Box Folder Content
123 1 "Fairy Godmother," MS
123 2 "My Aunt Flo," MS
- - "My Grandpa," TS [See Subseries 2.3: "Miscellaneous Notes"]
123 3 "My Granny," MS and TS
123 4 "My Own True Family," MS
123 5 "My Uncle Mick," MS
123 6 Meet My Folks, Drafts of unpublished poems
123 7 Meet My Folks, Page proof
123 8 Meet My Folks, Corrected page proofs
123 9 Meet My Folks, Photocopy of page proofs
OP9 1 Meet My Folks, Galley proofs
How the Whale Became (1963)
- - "How the Monkey Became," not published [See Subseries 2.2: Recklings, "The Toughest"]
123 10 How the Whale Became, TS
123 11 How the Whale Became, Page proofs
123 12 How the Whale Became, Bound page proofs
123 13 How the Whale Became, Corrected bound page proofs
123 14 How the Whale Became, Galley
The Earth-Owl and Other Moon-People (1963)
123 15 "The Adaptable Mountain Dugong," MS and TS
123 16 "The Armies of the Moon," MS and TS
123 17 "The Burrow Wolf," MS and TS
123 18 "Cactus-Sickness," MS and TS [variant title: "Galloping Cactus"]
123 19 "Crab Grass," MS and TS
123 20 "The Dracula Vine," MS and TS
123 21 "The Earth-Owl," MS and TS
123 22 "Foxgloves," TS [See also Subseries 2.6: Earth-Owl and Other Moon People, "Moon Dog-Daisies" and "Moon Tulips"]
123 23 "Moon-Cabbage," MS and TS [See also Subseries 2.2: Recklings, "Don Giovanni and Subseries 2.6: Earth-Owl and Other Moon People, "The Snail of the Moon"] Earth-Owl and Other Moon People, "The Snail of the Moon"]
123 24 "Moon-Cloud Gripe," MS
123 25 "Moon Dog-Daisies," MS and TS
123 26 "Moon-Freaks," MS
- - "Moon-hops," MS and TS ) [See Subseries 2.6: Earth-Owl and Other Moon People, "Moon dog-Daisies"]
123 27 "Moon-Horrors," MS and TS
123 28 "A Moon Man Hunt," MS and TS
123 29 "Moon-Nasturtiums," MS and TS [See also Subseries 2.6: Earth-Owl and Other Moon People, "Moon dog-Daisies"]
123 30 "Moon Roses," MS and TS [variant title: "Moon-blooms"] [See also Subseries 2.6: Earth-Owl and Other Moon People, "Moon Dog-Daisies"]
123 31 "Moon Transport," MS and TS
123 32 "Moon Tulips," MS and TS
123 33 "Music on the Moon," MS and TS
123 34 "The Silent Eye," MS and TS [variant title: "The Flying Eye]
123 35 "The Snail of the Moon," MS and TS
123 36 "Tree-Disease," MS and TS
123 37 Earth Owl and other Moon People, TS
123 38 Earth Owl and other Moon People, Page proofs
Nessie the Mannerless Monster (1964)
123 39 Nessie the Mannerless Monster, Cover for paperback edition
123 40 Nessie the Mannerless Monster, MS [See also Subseries 2.6: Under the North Star, "The Eagle" and Subseries 2.5: The Pig Organ, MS] Under the North Star, "The Eagle" and Subseries 2.5: The Pig Organ, MS]
123 41 Nessie the Mannerless Monster, Page proofs for paperback edition
OP9 2 Nessie the Mannerless Monster, Text proof and galley proof, 1st paperback edition (1992)
Animal Poems (1967)
123 42 "Lineage," MS
Five Autumn Songs for Children's Voices (1968)
- - "The Seven Sorrows of Autumn," MS [See Subseries 2.2: Season Songs, Possible outlines, MS]
123 43 Five Autumn Songs for Children's Voices, Printed version with annotations
The Iron Man (1968)
123 44 The Iron Man, MS
123 45 The Iron Man, TS
123 46 The Iron Man, Corrected page proofs
123 47 The Iron Man, Page proofs
124 1 The Iron Man, Proofs of illustrations
Earth-Moon (1976)
124 2 Notebook of MS poems
124 3 "Earth Moon," TS
124 4 "The Moon Bull," TS
124 5 "Moon Clock," TS
124 6 "The Moon-Haggis," TS
124 7 "A Moon-Hare," TS
124 8 "Moon Heads," TS
124 9 "Moon Heyena," TS
124 10 "A Moon-Lily," TS
124 11 "The Moon-Mare" [See also Subseries 2.2: River, "After Moonless Midnight"]
124 12 "Moon Marriage," TS
124 13 "Moon Mirror," TS
124 14 "The Moon Mourner," TS
124 15 "The Moon-Oak," TS
124 16 "Moon Ravens," TS
124 17 "Moon-Shadow Beggars," MS and TS
124 18 "Moon-Theatre," TS
124 19 "Moon Thirst," TS
124 20 "Moon Thorns," TS
124 21 "Moon Walkers," TS
124 22 "Moon Ways," TS
124 23 "MoonWeapons," TS
124 24 "Moon-Whales," TS
124 25 "Moon-Wind," TS
124 26 "Moon Wings," TS
124 27 "A Moon-Witch," TS
124 28 "Moon Witches," TS
124 29 "Moony Art," TS
124 30 "Mushrooms on the Moon," TS
124 31 "Singing on the Moon," TS
124 32 "Visiting the Moon," TS [variant titles: "Moon-Glimplses," "Just Looking Round," and "Moon-Looking"]
124 33 Earth-Moon, TS I
124 34 Earth-Moon, TS II
Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems (1976)
124 35 Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems, Various TS pages
124 36 Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems, TS I
124 37 Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems, TS II
OP9 3 Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems, Page proofs (2)
124 38 Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems, Paperback Proofs (1991)
Moon-Bells and Other Poems (1978)
124 39 "Ants," MS and TS
124 40 "He Gets Up In Dark Dawn," MS
124 41 "Horrible Song," MS
124 42 "Mountain Lion," MS
124 43 "Nessie," TS
124 44 "Off Days," MS
124 45 "The Tigress," MS
124 46 Pets and Other Poems, TS [transitional title to Moon-Bells and Other Poems] Moon-Bells and Other Poems]
124 47 Moon-Bells and Other Poems (1978): Various TS pages
OP9 4 Moon-Bells and Other Poems (1978): Page proofs
124 48 Moon-Bells and Other Poems (1978): Galley
124 49 Moon-Bells and Other Poems (1978): Proofs of illustrations
124 50 Moon-Bells and Other Poems (1978): Cover mock-up
The Threshold (1979)
124 51 The Threshold, MS I
124 52 The Threshold, MS II
125 1 The Threshold, MS III
125 2 The Threshold, TS
Under the North Star (1981)
125 3 Notebook of MS poems
125 4 "Arctic Fox," TS
125 5 "Brooktrout," MS and TS
125 6 "The Eagle," MS and TS
125 7 "Eagle Owl," MS
125 8 "An Evening Seal," MS
125 9 "Goose," MS and TS [variant title: "The Brent Goose"]
125 10 "Grizzly Bear," MS
125 11 "Heron," MS
125 12 "Loon," MS
125 13 "Lynx," MS and TS
125 14 "Mooses," MS
125 15 "Mosquito," MS
125 16 "The Muskellunge," MS
125 17 "Musk-Ox," MS and TS
125 18 "Osprey," MS
125 19 "Puma," MS
125 20 "Skunk," MS and TS
125 21 "The Snow-Show Hare," MS
125 22 "The Snowy Owl," MS
125 23 "The Wendigo," MS
125 24 "Wolf," MS
125 25 "Wolverine," MS
125 26 "Woodpecker," MS
125 27 Under the North Star, TS
125 28 Under the North Star, TS (photocopy)
125 29 Under the North Star, Galley proofs
What is the Truth? (1984)
125 30 Notebook of MS poems
125 31 "Badger," MS and TS
125 32 "Bat," MS
125 33 "Bullfinch," MS
125 34 "Buzzard," MS and TS
125 35 "Calf," MS
125 36 "Carp," MS [See also Subseries 2.7: Camillo Penneti poems, "Sea Gull"]
125 37 "Cat," MS
125 38 "Cows" I [See also Subseries 2.7: Camillo Penneti poems, "Yin"]
- - "Cows" II [See Subseries 2.7: Camillo Penneti poems, "Persian Drawings"]
125 39 "The Dead Vixen," MS and TS
125 40 "Dog," MS
125 41 "Donkey," MS
125 42 "Dream with a Pheasant," TS
125 43 "Ducks," MS
125 44 "Fly," MS
125 45 "The Foal Has Landed," MS and TS [variant titles: " The Foal"]
125 46 "Fox," MS
125 47 "Geese," MS and TS
125 48 "Grass-snake," MS
125 49 "Hare," MS [See also Subseries 2.6: What is the Truth?, "Pig"]
125 50 "Hedgehog," MS
125 51 "Hen," MS
125 52 "Honey Bee," MS and TS
125 53 "Horses," MS and TS
125 54 "Lamb," MS
- - "Mice," TS [See Subseries 2.6: What is the Truth?, "Worms"]
125 55 "Owl," MS [See also Subseries 2.4b: Poetry in the Making, Appendices and misc. poems]
125 56 "Partridge," MS
125 57 "Pheasant," MS [See also Subseries 2.2: New Selected Poems, 1957-1994, "Remembering Teheran" and Subseries 2.6: What is the Truth?, "Badger"] What is the Truth?, "Badger"]
125 58 "Pig," MS
125 59 "Pigeons," MS
125 60 "Rat," MS
125 61 "Rook," MS and TS
125 62 "Rooster," MS
125 63 "Sheep," MS
125 64 "Sparrow," MS
125 65 "Swallows," MS
125 66 "Treecreeper," MS
125 67 "Weasel," MS
125 68 "Woodpecker," MS
126 1 "Worms," MS
126 2 "Wren," MS
- - What is the Truth?, prose (appeared on pp. 100-103 in published edition) [See Subseries 2.7: Camillo Pennati poems, "Meeting an Extraterrestrial"]
126 3 What is the Truth?, Table of contents, Lists of corrections, MS
126 4 What is the Truth?, TS I [See also Subseries 2.2, Wolfwatching, "Us He Devours," MS] Wolfwatching, "Us He Devours," MS]
126 5 What is the Truth?, TS II
126 6 What is the Truth?, TS III
126 7 What is the Truth?, TS IV
126 8 What is the Truth?, Faxed TS pages
126 9 What is the Truth?, Photocopy
OP9 5 What is the Truth?, Proof with corrections, 22 June 1983 [1]
OP9 6 What is the Truth?, Proof with corrections, 12 July 1983 [4 different copies]
OP9 7 What is the Truth?, Proof with corrections, 22 August 1983 [1]
OP9 8 What is the Truth?, [Final] Proof, 20 October 1983 [1]
Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth (1986)
126 10 Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, Draft MS
126 11 Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, TS
126 12 Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, Copy of TS
126 13 Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, Page proofs
OP10 1 Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, Sample settings
OP10 2 Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth, Galley proofs
The Cat and the Cuckoo (1987)
127 1 Notebook of MS poems
127 2 "Cow," MS and TS [See also Subseries 2.4c: Selected Poems by Keith Douglas]
127 3 "Crow," MS and TS [See also Subseries 2.6: The Cat and the Cuckoo, "Cow" and Subseries 2.6: Tales of the Early World, "The Guardian"] Tales of the Early World, "The Guardian"]
127 4 "Cuckoo," TS
127 5 "Dragonfly," TS
127 6 "Fantails," TS
127 7 "Goat," MS
127 8 "Grey Squirrel," TS
- - "Hen," TS [See Subseries 2.2: Wolfwatching, "The Black Rhino," MS]
127 9 "Mole," MS and TS
127 10 "Otter," TS [See also Subseries 2.3: "Miscellaneous Notes"]
127 11 "Owl," TS [See also Subseries 2.2: Wolfwatching, "The Black Rhino," MS]
127 12 "Pig," MS and TS
127 13 "Pike," TS
127 14 "The Red Admiral," MS
127 15 "Robin," MS and TS
127 16 "Sparrow," MS
127 17 "Worm," TS
127 18 The Cat and the Cuckoo, First proofs
127 19 The Cat and the Cuckoo, Page proofs
127 20 The Cat and the Cuckoo, Covers
Tales of the Early World (1988)
127 21 "The Dancers," Notebook of MS and TS
127 22 "The Guardian," Notebook of MS and TS
127 23 "The Guardian," photocopy
127 24 "How Sparrow Saved the Birds," Notebook of MS and TS
127 25 "The Invaders," Notebook of MS and TS
127 26 "The Leftovers," Notebook of MS and TS [See also Subseries 2.6, Under the North Star, "Skunk"]
127 27 "The Making of Parrot," Notebook of MS and TS
127 28 "The Playmate," Notebook of MS and TS
127 29 "The Shawl of the Beauty of the World," Notebook of MS and TS
127 30 "The Snag," Notebook of MS and TS
127 31 "The Trunk," Notebook of MS and TS
127 32 Tales of the Early World, Title page
127 33 Tales of the Early World, Photocopy minus art
127 34 Tales of the Early World, Page proofs I
127 35 Tales of the Early World, Page proofs II
The Mermaid's Purse (1993)
128 1 The Mermaid's Purse, Notebook of MS poems, I
128 2 The Mermaid's Purse, Notebook of MS poems, II
128 3 The Mermaid's Purse, Photocopies of poems with annotations
128 4 The Mermaid's Purse, Photocopied draft fragments
128 5 The Mermaid's Purse, Corrected TS
128 6 The Mermaid's Purse, Photocopied TS
OP10 3 The Mermaid's Purse, Early color proof with corrections [extensive MS revisions to "Ragworm"]
128 7 The Mermaid's Purse, Printer's proofs
The Iron Woman (1993)
128 8 Notebooks (4) of MS poems
128 9 Notebook of MS poems
128 10 The Iron Woman, MS
128 11 The Iron Woman, Draft TS
128 12 The Iron Woman, TS (incomplete)
128 13 The Iron Woman, Corrected TS
128 14 The Iron Woman, TS
128 15 The Iron Woman, Page proofs
128 16 The Iron Woman, Galley proofs
The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales (1995)
129 1 "Camel," Notebook of MS
129 2 "The Dreamfighter" Notebook of MS
129 3 "The Gambler," Notebook of MS
129 4 "Goku," Notebook of MS
129 5 "Gozzie," Notebook of MS
129 6 "Grizzly Bear and the Human Child" Notebook of MS
129 7 "How God Got His Golden Head" Notebook of MS
129 8 "The Last Dinosaurs," Notebook of MS
129 9 "The Moon and Loopy Downtail," Notebooks of MS (2)
129 10 "The Screw," MS
129 11 "The Secret of Man's Wife," MS
129 12 The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales, TS w/ unpublished material
129 13 The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales, Corrected TS
129 14 The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales, Page proofs I
129 15 The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales, Page proofs II
129 16 The Dreamfighter and other Creation Tales, Faxed designs
Collected Animal Poems (1995)
129 17 Tables of contents
129 18 List of sources
129 19 List of page proof corrections
129 20 Vol. 1: The Iron Wolf, "Spider," MS and TS
129 21 Vol. 1: The Iron Wolf, Page proofs
129 22 Vol. 1: The Iron Wolf, Page proofs w/ illustrations
129 23 Vol. 1: The Iron Wolf, Cover
129 24 Vol. 2: What is the Truth?, Proofs
129 25 Vol. 2: What is the Truth?, Proofs w/ illustrations
130 1 Vol. 2: What is the Truth?, Sample cover
130 2 Vol. 2: What is the Truth?, Cover
130 3 Vol. 2: What is the Truth?, Photocopy
130 4 Vol. 3: A March Calf, "The Irish Elk," MS
130 5 Vol. 3: A March Calf, "Live Skull," TS [variant title: "Trenchford Winter"]
130 6 Vol. 3: A March Calf, "Tiger," MS and TS
130 7 Vol. 3: A March Calf, "Very New Foal," MS and TS
130 8 Vol. 3: A March Calf, "Waterlicked," MS and TS
130 9 Vol. 3: A March Calf, Page proofs I
130 10 Vol. 3: A March Calf, Page proofs II
130 11 Vol. 3: A March Calf, Cover
130 12 Vol. 4: The Thought Fox, Page proofs I
130 13 Vol. 4: The Thought Fox, Page proofs II
130 14 Collected Animal Poems, Illustrations
Shaggy and Spotty (1997)
130 15 Shaggy and Spotty, MS (Inventory from Hughes stated: "as told to Frieda and Nicholas about 1964/5")
Uncollected Children's Writings
130 16 Opening of a children's story about Adam and Eve
130 17 Unidentified Children's prose ["Once upon a time, the world disappeared," MS]
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