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View of Mytholmroyd from Heights Rd. Mytholmroyd is the small town in Yorkshire, where Ted Hughes was born in 1930.

NEWS Archive 1999

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Q/W/E/R/T/Y 9, edited by Bertrand Rougé, has finally been published. It features two articles based on the New Selected Poems: Neil Roberts: »Hughes, the Laureateship and National Identity« and Claas Kazzer: »Difficulties of a Bridegroom«. More information at: http://pubmc1.univ-pau.fr.

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The Iron Giant, an animated film losely based on Ted Hughes's The Iron Man, has been published on DVD and video. More information on this release are available at the official web site, www.irongiant.com, and through the sites of The Iron Giant Webring. Apparently, Ted Hughes was pleased with the film: »Before his death, Ted Hughes had been sent a copy of The Iron Giant screenplay and sent a letter to Brad Bird saying how pleased he was with the screenplay. ›I want to tell you how much I like what Brad Bird has done,‹ said Hughes in the letter. ›He's made something all of a piece, with terrific sinister gathering momentum and the ending came to me as a glorious piece of amazement. He's made a terrific dramatic situation out of the way he's developed The Iron Giant. I can't stop thinking about it...‹« from http://www.animationartist.com/...

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There is a new publication by Susquehanna University Press, edited by Patrick Quinn: New Perspectives on Robert Graves. It includes a paper by Nick Gammage discussing the relationship between Graves's The White Goddess and Ted Hughes's work: »›The Nature of The Goddess‹; Ted Hughes and Robert Graves«. ISBN 1-57591-020-9.

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Michael Shapiro's dissertation »Buried Rhythms: The Alliterative Tradition in 19th and 20th Century Poetry,« includes an entire chapter devoted to Ted Hughes. Other poets examined are Hopkins, Auden, Richard Wilbur, Robert Penn Warren, Tony Harrison and Geoffrey Hill. We are currently considering to make the relevant chapter available on this site. If you'd like to order the microform, the UMI microform number is 9829842, copyright 1998.

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There is a lengthy article »What Happens in the Heart«, by Carolyne Wright, in the Autumn Issue of the Poetry Review (Vol 89, No 3), as well as another review of The Epic Poise. (thanks to Joanny Moulin for this)

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The autum issue (No 14) of the poetry journal Thumbscrew has two articles on Ted Hughes and a review of The Epic Poise. The articles by Terry Gifford and Kate Clanchy are accessible on-line.

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Joanny Moulin has published a programme for the Lyon Conference on his website http://members.tripod.com/~Joanny/programme.html.

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Insel Almanach auf das Jahr 2000. Gedanken zum 20. Jahrhundert. (Insel Verlag, 1999) published Jutta Kaußen's translation of »Prometheus on his Crag /Had such an advantageous prospect«, and »Das Gedächtnis« - Wolfgang Kaußen's piece on the memorial at Westminster Abbey in Mai 1999.

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Anna Ravano, translator of Birthday Letters informed me that the Italian translation of Birthday Letters has just been published (»quite coincidentally ... on Sylvia Plath's birthday!«). It is called Lettere di compleanno (ISBN 88-04-46919-6) and is published by Mondadori, Milan. The poems are published in Italian and English, and the book carries an introduction by Nadia Fusini, a well-known Italian scholar and critic.

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Donald Maxton and Carol Bere have reported of a well-attended Tribute to Ted Hughes, held at 92nd Street Y, Tisch Center for the Arts, Unterberg Poetry Center on 11 October 1999. You may read the programm listing at this site. (I am indebted to Don Maxton for this)

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Lire Ted Hughes; New Selected Poems 1957-1994 has been published.

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Alan Skea has published a review of the National Theatre production of Hughes's translation of Agamemnon from The Oresteia, accessible from his site: http://skea.com/ht/reviews.html

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Apparently, the Complete journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962, will be published soon. Ann Skea kindly supplied an article which mentions: »›The decision has been made to publish them [the Journals] in their entirety, unedited, so the world can judge for themselves,‹ said Joanna Mackle, publishing director for London-based Faber and Faber, which in April will issue the book in Britain.« [News America Digital Publishing, Inc. d/b/a Fox News Online.]

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The Sunday Times Magazine of the 3rd October published an article on Hughes called »Bard of Prey«.

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Joanny Moulin has just finished editing a collection of essays on Ted Hughes's New Selected Poems for the Editions du Temps in Paris: Lire Ted Hughes; New Selected Poems 1957-1994, ed. Joanny Moulin, Paris: Editions du Temps, 1999. The list of participants includes Antony Easthope, Nick Gammage, Terry Giffor d , Adolphe Haberer, Marie-Jeanne Ortemann, Lissa Paul, Michèle Rivoire, Pénélope Sacks-Galey, Keith Sagar.
He has also published Ted Hughes, la langue rémunérée, Paris: L'Harmattan, 1999, 320 pp., 170FF, ISBN 2-7384-8025-X.

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The new edition of QWERTY, Q/W/E/R/T/Y 9, a French publication dedicated to English studies, edited by Bertrand Rougé, features two articles based on the New Selected Poems: Neil Roberts: »Hughes, the Laureateship and National Identity« and Claas Kazzer: »Difficulties of a Bridegroom«. Q/W/E/R/T/Y is a yearly journal of English and American Studies published by the Publications de l'Universite de Pau (http://pubmc1.univ-pau.fr). More information on the forthcoming issue on the Q/W/E/R/T/Y Webpage: http://pubmc1.univ-pau.fr.

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Diane Middlebrook is currently writing a book about the way Ted Hughes shaped a literary career at the end of the 20thC. She is Professor of English at Stanford University. More information soon on her site http://www.dianemiddlebrook.com.

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The Iron Giant animated film was launched in the US, apparently to great critical acclaim. The official release date for the UK and the Republic of Ireland is the 17th December. There is quite a large number of new web sites with images and descriptions of the film. Nick Gammage informed me that the film is going to get its European premiere at the London Film Festival on 13 November at 1:15 pm at the Odeon West End 2. Details at the film festival web site.

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I just found a very nice article by Sandy Brownjohn in the Times Educational Supplement's Friday Magazine of June 11, 1999, called »Inspired by Ted«.

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The Sunday Times of the 5th September published extracts from Emma Tennant's Burnt Diaries on her ›affair‹ with Ted Hughes.

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Faber & Faber published The Epic Poise: A Celebration of Ted Hughes, edited by Nick Gammage. It contains appreciations of Ted Hughes's work - and new poems about Ted - from around 60 poets, novelists, artists and friends - including Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, Wendy Cope, Paul Muldoon and Keith Sagar. (Many thanks to Nick Gammage for this.)

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On May 13 1999 the Memorial Service for Ted Hughes was held at Westminster Cathedral, London. The Times (May 14) and The BBC (May 13) offer more detailed coverage of the event. The Sunday Times (April 18) ran an article on Ted Hughes' last wish of having his ashes scattered on Dartmoor. Ann Skea kindly supplied a short piece on the Memorial Service which you can read on her site. Seamus Heaney's address can be read in The Observer, May 16. (Many thanks to Andrew Wilson for this information).

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On May 10 1999, Quentin Blake was chosen as the first Children's Laureate. The call for a children's laureateship was initiated by Michael Morpurgo and chaired by Ted Hughes. The BBC has more information.

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The cast (voices) for the Warner adaptation of The Iron Giant has been published. The release date is end of July 1999. Many thanks to Sylvia Paul for this.

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Carol Bere and The Literary Review kindly permitted full publication of the article »›Owning the Facts of His Life‹: Ted Hughes's The Birthday Letters« (first published in The Literary Review, Vol. 41, No. 4 (Summer 1998): pp. 556-561). You can read it on this site.

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Recently, memorial articles on Ted Hughes appeared in:
Granta, No. 65, Spring 1999: Graham Swift: »Fishing, Writing and Ted«
The Poetry Book Society Bulletin, No 180, Spring 1999: Matthew Sweeney: »Ted Hughes: A Personal Appreciation«

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The Seattle Times (March 17 1999) published an article that sheds further light on the interview in Wild Steelhead & Salmon (see below): »Love of fishing snags final interview with poet Hughes« (many thanks to Ann Skea for this information).

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The British Council's Literature Matters newsletter from January 1999 (Issue 25) published several tributes to Ted Hughes by Dennis Walder, David Pease, Alastair Niven and Jonathan Barker.

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The Book Case on 29 Market Street in Hebden Bridge have published their own Ted Hughes-related pages where you can browse their current catalogue and order on-line. Their full address is: THE BOOK CASE, 29 Market Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 6EU, Telephone 01422-8453453, Fax 01422-844295. More specialized Bookstores on the Bookstores page.

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Bill Scanlon informed me that the poem »The City« was actually published in The London Sunday Times (international edition), October 26, 1997, Book Section, Page 8-4. Apparently, it is not in the on-line edition of that day, so you might need to search the archives of your local library. I must apologize for giving the wrong date here.

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News from the manuscripts collection at Emory University in Atlanta are that the processing of the collection is ongoing, and expected to be completely finished in the Spring of 2000. Some portions of the collection are made available as they are completed. According to Steve Enniss, curator of the library, »The most significant development has been the addition of approximately 400 manuscript pages of Ted Hughes' early work including drafts from Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal, and Wodwo«, acquired from a private collection. »In addition, we have also added Ted's lengthy correspondence with Lucas Myers between 1956-1988. Finally, we have also added two individual poems that Ted wrote in 1947 or 1948 making them among the earliest known poems by him.« (I am very grateful to Steve Enniss for this information).

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Recent articles on the Emory collection were published in:
April 13, 1999: MSNBC: »Ted Hughes, man of letters«
April 05, 1999: Nando Times: »Correspondence portrays Ted Hughes as an admired man of letters«,
Feb. 11, 1999: The New York Times: »Boxes Open, and Hughes Seems as Real as Plath«.

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I have finally been able to locate the old Emory Magazine issues, one of which talks about the acquisition of Ted Hughes's manuscripts early in 1997. The magazine reproduces a photography of Hughes as well as two manuscript pages from the collection. The respective article can be found in Emory Magazine: Autumn 1997: In Brief.

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Terry Gifford has kindly supplied an article on the acquisition of Ted Hughes's manuscripts by Emory University, Atlanta, in 1997. You can read it on this site. .

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Ann Skea has updated her web site with a Ted Hughes timeline. A very useful resource.

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The latest issue of Signal (No. 88, Jan. 1999), the English children's literature magazine, includes an argument between children's literature professors Peter Hunt (Cardiff, GB) and Lissa Paul (Fredericton, Canada), on Ted Hughes' books for children in its Endpapers section (about 5 pages).

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The German publishers Insel/Suhrkamp have set up a few pages on their recent publication of Selected Poems, »Der Tiger toetet nicht«, excerpts of which can be read in German and English. I have included a (German) review of Jutta & Wolfgang Kaußen's translations in Der Tiger toetet nicht.

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Ted Hughes' translation of Pushkin's »The Prophet« appeared in the Daily Telegraph on January 9. (Thanks to Keith Sagar for this information)

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The Winter 1999 issue of the American magazine Wild Steelhead & Salmon features a wonderful interview with Ted Hughes. You can read more about it on the Intervies page. (I am especially grateful to Tom Pero, editor of Wild Steelhead & Salmon, for this information and permission to quote from the article.)

The Seattle Times (March 17) ran an article with further information on the interview: »Love of fishing snags final interview with poet Hughes«.

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There is a new (as of yet) unpublished study by Keith Sagar: The Laughter of Foxes: An Appreciation of Ted Hughes. The three main sections are ›Introduction: The Mythic Imagination‹, ›From Prospero to Orpheus‹ (on the poetic relationship between Hughes and Plath, with special reference to Birthday Letters), and ›From World of Blood to World of Light‹ (which traces the development of Hughes' entire oeuvre).

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Ann Skea informed me that the ›new‹ poem to be included in Faber's publication of The Mermaid's Purse, »Gulls«, was written years ago. It is amongst the manuscripts in the British Library, on papers which also have Sylvia Plath's writing on them.

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There is a new on-line article by Ann Skea: »Ted Hughes and Crow«. You can read it at Ann Skea's website.

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South African scholar Vanessa Read, wrote her PhD thesis on »Aspects of survival in the poetry of D.H. Lawrence and Ted Hughes« (University of Pretoria, 1995), which has not been mentioned here. Details are accessible via the university's Erudite database.

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The following new titles have been or are to be published: The Oresteia of Aeschylus: A New Translation by Ted Hughes. This book was scheduled for December 15th. Hardcover, 256pp. ISBN: 0374227217

The Mermaid's Purse (spring 1999) A ›new‹ poem for this publication was included in an article in the Guardian, Sunday, November 29, 1998.

 

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