Subseries 2.4d
Essays, reviews, talks
Box 113: folder 11 - Box 115

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of essays, review and talks by Ted Hughes. Some essays written earlier in TH's career but chosen for republication in Winter Pollen , 1994, were organized by TH in a group with the other Winter Pollen essays. We have followed TH's own manuscript arrangement in the archive, and many of TH's essays will be found in the Winter Pollen section. The subseries also contains several pieces of a biographical nature: "Biographical notes on self" written by Hughes in ca. 1975 and "Notes on Published Works" containing Hughes comments in 1992 on some of his works. 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 alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
113 11 Acceptance speech, MS dated 2 April 1994 [upon receiving the Golden Wreath Award for Poetry at the Struga Poetry Festival '94 in Macedonia]
113 12 "According to Elsa" [review of Adamson, Living Free], New Statesman, 10 November 1961 [C107], TS [See also Subseries 2.2: Wodwo, "Bowled Over"] New Statesman, 10 November 1961 [C107], TS [See also Subseries 2.2: Wodwo, "Bowled Over"]
113 13 "Baboons and Neanderthals: A Rereading of The Inheritors" in William Golding: The Man and His Books, 1986 [B133], MS and annotated TS [See also Subseries 2.2: Remains of Elmet, "Churn-Milk Joan"; Subseries 2.3: "The Zodiac in the Shape of a Crown"; and Subseries 2.4c: Selected Poems by Keith Douglas] William Golding: The Man and His Books, 1986 [B133], MS and annotated TS [See also Subseries 2.2: Remains of Elmet, "Churn-Milk Joan"; Subseries 2.3: "The Zodiac in the Shape of a Crown"; and Subseries 2.4c: Selected Poems by Keith Douglas]
113 14 Biographical notes on self, MS (ca. 1975)
- - "A Book to Remember 1: Ted Hughes Tells You About a Book of Fantasy," Sunday Times, February 1962 [See Subseries 2.6: Earth Owl, "Moon Dog-Daisies"] Earth Owl, "Moon Dog-Daisies"]
113 15 "Commentary" [letter about The Savage God by Al Alvarez], Times Literary Supplement, 19 November 1971 [C269], MS and TS drafts Times Literary Supplement, 19 November 1971 [C269], MS and TS drafts
113 16 "The Crime of Fools Exposed" [rev. of ed. C. Day Lewis, Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen], in NY Times Book Review 12 April 1964 [C154], MS drafts, final TS, and printed copy. Version in Winter Pollen as "Unfinished Business" [A104] NY Times Book Review 12 April 1964 [C154], MS drafts, final TS, and printed copy. Version in Winter Pollen as "Unfinished Business" [A104]
113 17 Descriptions of Cave Birds and Lumb's Remains (commissioned by Ilkey Literature Festival), TS of text published in the Times Literary Supplement, 15 May 1975 Lumb's Remains (commissioned by Ilkey Literature Festival), TS of text published in the Times Literary Supplement, 15 May 1975
113 18 "Dr. Dung" [rev. of Rokeach, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti], New Statesman, 4 September 1964 [C160], MS fragment New Statesman, 4 September 1964 [C160], MS fragment
113 19 "Dylan Thomas's Letters" [rev. of Fitzgibbon, Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas], New Statesman, 25 November 1966 [C201], MS and final TS New Statesman, 25 November 1966 [C201], MS and final TS
113 20 "Earlier Days on the Upper Taw," MS and TS
113 21 "Emily Dickinson's Poetry by Charles R. Anderson" [review], Listener, 12 September 1963 [C145], TS
- - "Feeling for the Fate of Eros," Where I Used to Play on the Green by Glyn Hughes, Arts Yorkshire, March 1982 [See Subseries 2.6, What is the Truth, "Badger" and "Owl"] Arts Yorkshire, March 1982 [See Subseries 2.6, What is the Truth, "Badger" and "Owl"]
114 1 "Five Ton Phantom" [rev. of Loch Ness Monster by Tom Dinsdale], New Statesman, June 1961 [C95], TS New Statesman, June 1961 [C95], TS
114 2 "Folktales of Japan. Edited by Keigo Seki. Folktales of Israel. Edited by Dov Noy" [review], Listener, 12 December 1963 [C149], TS
114 3 "The Genius of Isaac Bashevis Singer," New York Review of Books, 22 April 1965 [C171], MS and TS.
114 4 "Gregory Award Poets: 1964" [TH's remarks on short-listed poets, who include Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, and Robert Nye]
114 5 Henry Williamson: A Tribute by Ted Hughes, 1979 [A68], MS and TS [different from "Henry Williamson" in Incomplete selection of chapters from Faas's selection of prose, filed in Winter Pollen] Winter Pollen]
114 6 "A Hero's History" [rev. of Sturluson, R.K. Narayan], in New York Review of Books, 31 December 1964 [C166], TS
- - "Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain," unpublished [See Subseries 2.3: Crow: "The Scientist Adjust His Spectacles," MS and Subseries 2.6: Earth Owl and Other Moon People, "The Earth-Owl"] Crow: "The Scientist Adjust His Spectacles," MS and Subseries 2.6: Earth Owl and Other Moon People, "The Earth-Owl"]
- - "Imitations, by Robert Lowell," in Listener, 2 August 1962 [C120], MS [See Subseries 2.5: "Tobit"] Listener, 2 August 1962 [C120], MS [See Subseries 2.5: "Tobit"]
114 7 "The Interpretation of Parables," Times Educational Supplement, 20 March 1992, and Signal 69, September 1992 [C478, 485], MS and TS drafts, and galley proof from SignalSignal 69, September 1992 [C478, 485], MS and TS drafts, and galley proof from Signal
114 8 "Introduction to a reading of The Waste Land," centenary celebration of T.S. Eliot’s birth, Palace Theatre, 25 September 1988, TS
- - "It Was Like This" [rev. of I, Said the Sparrow by Paul West], Guardian, 8 February 1963 [C133] [See Subseries 2.3: "Heirlooms"] Guardian, 8 February 1963 [C133] [See Subseries 2.3: "Heirlooms"]
114 9 "The Keats," MS
114 10 "Laura Riding" [rev. of Faber's Selected Poems], written in 1970 but first published in Faas, The Unaccommodated Universe, 1980 [B101] and reprinted in Winter Pollen; annotated TS The Unaccommodated Universe, 1980 [B101] and reprinted in Winter Pollen; annotated TS
114 11 Letters to the Editor (re: reviews, Plath, etc), MS and TS
114 12 List (photocopy) of prose publications (mostly reviews), ca 1970
114 13 "Memorial Reading for William Golding," 20 November 1993, unpublished, MS and TS
114 14 "Men Who March Away" [rev. of Parsons, Men Who March Away, Poems of the First World War] in Listener, 5 August 1965 [C177], MS drafts and final TS. Version in Winter Pollen as "National Ghost" [A104] Listener, 5 August 1965 [C177], MS drafts and final TS. Version in Winter Pollen as "National Ghost" [A104]
114 15 "Music of Humanity" [rev. of Hodgart (ed.), Faber Book of Ballads], Guardian, 14 May 1965 [C173], TS Guardian, 14 May 1965 [C173], TS
114 16 Musings upon turning 30, MS [See also Subseries 2.5: Tobit, MS and TS]
114 17 "Myth and Education," in Children's Literature in Education, March 1970 [C240; different essay to "Myth and Education" in Winter Pollen], annotated TS and photostat of published version Winter Pollen], annotated TS and photostat of published version
114 18 "Note on the Chronological Order of Sylvia Plath's Poems" (Tri-Quarterly, Fall 1966 [C195], MS draft, TS [See also Series 2.1: Notebook, MS fragments]
114 19 "Opposing Selves" [rev. of Shaw (ed.), Letters of Alexander Pushkin], Listener, 1 October 1964, TS Listener, 1 October 1964, TS
114 20 "Oppugnancy" [rev. of Dröscher, Mysterious Senses], in New Statesman, 27 November 1964 [C164], MS drafts New Statesman, 27 November 1964 [C164], MS drafts
114 21 "Out of Africa" [rev. of various African texts], Listener, 28 May 1964 [C156], TS and accompanying letter by Anthony Thwaite [editor of Listener] Listener]
114 22 "Patrick White's Voss," Listener, 6 February 1964 [C151], MS and TS. Versos: TS fragments of "The Caning" [short story] with some annotation by SP; TS fragments of various TH stories for children and poems by others.
114 23 "Janos Pilinszky," TS and proofs, article by Ted Hughes published in Critical Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 2, p. 75-86
114 24 "Play the Game" [rev. of Opie, Children's Games in Street and Playground], Sunday Times, 11 January 1970 [C238], TS Sunday Times, 11 January 1970 [C238], TS
114 25 "Quitting" [rev. of O'Connor, Vagrancy], New Statesman, 6 September 1963 [C144], TS [republished in Winter Pollen] [See also Subseries 2.2: Woodwo, "Wings] New Statesman, 6 September 1963 [C144], TS [republished in Winter Pollen] [See also Subseries 2.2: Woodwo, "Wings]
114 26 "The Rat Under the Bowler" [rev. of Hailey, "England Revisited"] Saturday Night [C146c], November 1963, MS and TS
114 27 "Second Asian Poetry Festival," Dhaka, 1989, MS speech
114 28 "Secret Ecstasies" [rev. of Eliade, Shamanism; Shah, The Sufis], in Listener, 29 October 1964 [C163], MS and TS. Versos: TS fragment of review of "Lead Me Gently" by "Edward Hughes" dated 22 February 1956; TS fragment of "Comment" on film version of UlyssesThe Sufis], in Listener, 29 October 1964 [C163], MS and TS. Versos: TS fragment of review of "Lead Me Gently" by "Edward Hughes" dated 22 February 1956; TS fragment of "Comment" on film version of Ulysses
114 29 "Shakespeare's poetry, Shakespeare's magic and Shakespeare's Cleopatra," TS (lecture; authorship unclear but probably by TH)
114 30 "Subsidy for Poetry," Unesco Features 803, 1984 [C410], annotated TS
114 31 "Superstitions" [rev. of MacNeice, Astrology; Lethbridge, Ghost and Divining-rod], New Statesman, 2 October 1964 [C162], TS Ghost and Divining-rod], New Statesman, 2 October 1964 [C162], TS
114 32 "Sylvia Plath" [introduction to "Ten Poems by Sylvia Plath"], Encounter, October 1963 [C146b], MS fragment
114 33 "Sylvia Plath" [substantial note on Ariel, Poetry Book Society choice for 1965], Poetry Book Society Bulletin 44, February 1965 [C168], TS Poetry Book Society Bulletin 44, February 1965 [C168], TS
114 34 "Sylvia Plath" [response to Al Alvarez's review of "Crossing the Water" and "Winter Trees"], MS and TS drafts; republished in Winter Pollen as "Publishing Sylvia Plath" [A104].
114 35 "Sylvia Plath: The Evolution of 'Sheep in Fog'" in Winter Pollen, 1994 [written 1988] [A104], multiple MS and TS drafts
115 1 "Taw and Torridge," in West Country Fly Fishing, 1983 [B121], MS and TS
115 2 "Tricksters and Tarbabies" [rev. of Greenaway] in New York Review of Books, 9 December 1965 [C181], MS and TS. Also in Winter Pollen [A104] Winter Pollen [A104]
115 3 "Why even Bad Poetry is Good" [var. title "The Poetry Book Society"; publication details unknown, dated April 1966], MS and TS
- - A World of Men, Death on a Live Wire, On Stepping From a Sixth Story Window by Michael Baldwin, Listener, 21 February 1963 [C134] [See Subseries 2.3: "Heirlooms"] Listener, 21 February 1963 [C134] [See Subseries 2.3: "Heirlooms"]
115 4 "The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard," Sunday Times Colour Supplement, 18 November 1962 [C129], MS fragment and TS [TS verso has fragment of unidentified play involving characters called Cahill, Karpaty and Faber] [See also Subseries 2.6: The Earth Owl and Other Moon People, "The Adaptable Mountain Dugong," "The Burrow Wolf," and "Music on the Moon"] Sunday Times Colour Supplement, 18 November 1962 [C129], MS fragment and TS [TS verso has fragment of unidentified play involving characters called Cahill, Karpaty and Faber] [See also Subseries 2.6: The Earth Owl and Other Moon People, "The Adaptable Mountain Dugong," "The Burrow Wolf," and "Music on the Moon"]
115 5 "Writing About People" [talk], Listening and Writing, Autumn 1963 [C143], MS and TS
115 6 "Your World" [review of Your World, 1992], Observer Magazine, 29 November 1992 [C 486], MS and TS Observer Magazine, 29 November 1992 [C 486], MS and TS
115 7 Unidentified [about Leonard Baskin], MS and TS
115 8 Unidentified [eulogy for Norman], MS
115 9 Unidentified [eulogy for Charles Causley], TS draft
115 10 Unidentified [fragment re: Crow], TS
115 11 Unidentified [notes about Capricorns for proposed book TH#72], MS
115 12 Unidentified [notes on SP's "The Munich Mannequins" and "Totem"], TS
115 13 Unidentified [on children's writing and teachers], MS
115 14 Unidentified [on Greek and British governments], MS
115 15 Unidentified [on Jonathan Miller, Shakespeare, etc.], MS
115 16 Unidentified [on Shakespeare], MS
115 17 Unidentified [on Ted Hughes's disgust at the Conservative government's despoiling of the English landscape]
115 18 Unidentified [on the use of folk tales in three poems in Season Songs], TS
115 19 Unidentified [on universal goddess]
115 20 Unidentified [response to James Wood review talking about T.S. Eliot and anti-semitism]
115 21 Unidentified [talk? on World War II poetry, focusing on Drummond Allison, Sidney Keyes, and particularly Keith Douglas]
115 22 Unidentified [Ted Hughes's deposition about SP's The Bell Jar], TS
115 23 Unidentified sheaf of MSS including a possible poem ["I am free, I thank myself, thank fate"] and MS drafts of a story involving a character named Thomas.
115 24 Notes on Published Works (1992), TS [Corrected and signed March 1992 TS re: various poems, stories, collections, etc. written by TH]
115 25 Notes on Published Works (1992), TS [unsigned]
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