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Ted Hughes and The Translatable

A RECOLLECTION Comparative Critical Studies 7, 1, pp. 107–119 DOI: 10.3366/E1744185409000974 © BCLA 2010 Ted was standing on his own in a corner of Kim’s large sitting-room in her flat on the first floor of a large stucco-fronted house in Belsize Park Gardens, near Swiss Cottage, in London. We were at a New Year’s Eve party, 1963/64. I remember little of our conversation but was relieved to see him there, as 1963 had been a terrible year for him, with the suicide of Sylvia in February. In the course of our conversation, Ted casually mentioned his idea for a literary journal, devoted solely to the translation of contemporary foreign poetry into English. The purpose, as he characteristically put it, would be to inundate English literary sensibility with foreign products, and he also wondered whether it might be economically feasible to mail a copy to every poet in England. Another, even more fanciful, distribution idea was to print it on table-napkins, so that it became available in restaurants and, perhaps, homes. These ideas did not come entirely as a surprise as he had mentioned a similar scheme in a letter to me written from America some months before. After http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Critical Studies Edinburgh University Press

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