Printed Books, Maps and Works on Paper | 11 July 2013

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Hughes (Ted) - 2 Autograph Letters signed,

Sold for £600

Est: £500–700

Hughes (Ted)

2 Autograph Letters signed,

6 pp., Court Green, North Tawton, Devon, 14 April 1985 and 9 March 1997, the first to Matthew Hodgart (1916-1996), Professor of English Literature at Pembroke College Cambridge, member of the Cambridge Apostles, British SOE agent, friend and correspondent of Hughes and E.M.Forster, discussing his laureateship 'I assumed when I took this laureateship on that my life would be quite changed… as it is it's mightily changed - but mainly inside other peoples' heads'; his daughter Frieda 'has just started writing very strange stories - very original & good I think… same mentality as her mothers' - but different nature';
poetic inspiration «out 7 years ago I was driving on a lonely little road across the middle of Skye… far away a figure on the road, away ahead of it sauntering along, a cow. The figure - coat over its head a woman trudging along behind the cow. Primeval Celtic vision.' The second letter to Patricia Hodgart regarding Matthew's death 'I wish I'd sent him my books. But there's something oppressive in that bombardment of verses: 'Read me, read me. Reply, reply.'… I remember him with great affection.'; and 2 others, a printed card signed 'Ted & Carol' on verso and an inscribed copy of Hughes' translation of Seneca 'To Matthew - Partly responsible, for not defending Seneca better from the collapse of the Empire', v.s. (4)

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