Letters of Ted Hughes

“I hang on tooth and nail to my own view of what I do — which is a view from the inside.  It is fatally easy to acquire, through other people, a view of one’s own work from the outside.  As when a child is admired, in its hearing, for something it does naturally.  Ever after — that something is corrupted with self-consciousness.”

– Ted Hughes

Read David Orr’s review of the Letters of Ted Hughes (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), edited by Christopher Reid, in The New York Times here.

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