Ted Hughes, fishing and one man’s obsession
The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes
by Mark Wormald
Bloomsbury (RRP: £20)
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Late one evening in 1953, Ted Hughes, an English undergraduate at Pembroke College, Cambridge, was struggling to produce his weekly essay. At two in the morning with nothing to show but multiple attempts at the opening sentence, he gave up and went to bed. And there he dreamed. He was at his desk again when a curious figure entered the room. A tall fox, walking on its hind legs like a man, made its way towards him. Hughes saw that the man-animal had been terribly burned and was clearly in unendurable pain. It put its smouldering hand-paw on the essay to leave a bloody print, while announcing:…
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