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Meet My Folks!

Author: Hughes, Ted

Published by Faber & Faber, 1961
US ed.: Bobbs-Merrill, 1973

Illustrations: George Adamson (UK ed. 1961); Mila Lazarevich (US ed. 1973)

This is Ted Hughes's first children's book. It is dedicated to Frieda, Sylvia's and Ted's then newly born daughter. It is a book of heavily-rhyming poems in which Hughes describes imagined family members. Over the years Meet My Folks! has undergone revision in that poems where added to and dropped from it. Thus, the first American edition has the additional poems "My Uncle Mick", "My Aunt Flo", "My Granny" and "My Own True Family" while "My Grandpa" and "Grandma" have been dropped. The Faber paperback edition has the additional poem "My Fairy Grandmother". More details below.

See also Poetry in the Making.

Contents:

Note: Several versions of this book exist, all with slightly different contents. The 1987 edition is the most complete.

1961 Edition

  • "I've hear so much about other folks folks" (opening poem)
  • My Sister Jane
  • My Grandpa
  • Grandma
  • My Brother Bert
  • My Aunt
  • My Uncle Dan
  • My Mother
  • My Father

1973 (American Edition)

  • "I've hear so much about other folks folks" (opening poem)
  • My Sister Jane
  • My Granny (new in 1973 ed. = My Other Granny in later eds.)
  • My Brother Bert
  • My Aunt Dora (= My Aunt)
  • My Aunt Flo (new in 1973 ed.)
  • My Uncle Dan
  • My Uncle Mick (new in 1973 ed.)
  • My Mother
  • My Father
  • My Own True Family (new in 1973 ed.)

1977 Edition

  • "I've hear so much about other folks folks" (opening poem)
  • My Sister Jane
  • My Fairy Grandmother (new in 1977 ed.)
  • My Grandpa
  • Grandma
  • My Other Granny (= My Granny)
  • My Brother Bert
  • My Aunt (= My Aunt Dora)
  • My Uncle Dan
  • My Uncle Mick
  • My Mother
  • My Father
  • My Own True Family

1987 Edition

  • "I've hear so much about other folks folks" (opening poem)
  • My Sister Jane
  • My Fairy Grandmother
  • My Grandpa
  • Grandma
  • My Other Granny (= My Granny)
  • My Brother Bert
  • My Aunt (= My Aunt Dora)
  • My Aunt Flo
  • My Uncle Dan
  • My Uncle Mick
  • My Mother
  • My Father
  • My Own True Family