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Ted Hughes: Notes on Selected Interviews

Last updated: 04-iii-2005

Note:

Over the years, Ted Hughes has given quite a number of interviews. This page lists some of the most important.
As time permits, I will add to this page.
The order in which items are listed is chronological.

 


1962

Unknown author: »Interview with Ted Hughes and Other Contemporary Poets.«
In The London Magazine, Feb.1962, pp.27-54.

Not Seen.

 

1965

Horder, J.: »Ted Hughes on Himself.«
In The Guardian, 23 March 1965, p.390.

Not Seen.

 

1971

Faas, Ekbert: »Ted Hughes and Crow«.
In The London Magazine, Jan.1971, pp.5-20.
(also in Faas, Ekbert: The Unaccommodated Universe. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1980)

Very enlightening.

Faas and Hughes talk about Hughes' poetry up to the Crow period, so the title may be a little misleading. This interview is almost like a companion piece to »Ted Hughes and Gaudete«, below.

In addition, Hughes wrote a piece »Poetry and Violence: Two Questions Posed by Ekbert Faas«, in which he goes into more detail. The essay was published in Winter Pollen.

 

1972

Richards, J.: »An Interview with British Poet Ted Hughes, Inventor of Orghast Language.«
In Drama & Theatre, issue 10 (1972), 4.

Not Seen.

 

1980

Faas, Ekbert: »Ted Hughes and Gaudete.«
In Faas, Ekbert: The Unaccommodated Universe. (Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1980), pp.208-215.

Faas and Hughes talk about Hughes' poetry up to around the Gaudete period. This interview can be read as a companion piece to »Ted Hughes and Crow«, above.

 

1993

Morrison, Blake: »Man of Mettle.«
In The Independent on Sunday, 5 Sept. 1993, Review p.32-4.
(also in Morrison, Blake: Too True).

This piece is largely on The Iron Woman.

 

1995

Heinz, Drue: »Ted Hughes. The Art of Poetry LXXI.«
In The Paris Review, Vol 37, No. 134, Spring 1995, pp. 54-94.

An excellent piece.
Hughes and Heinz talk about Hughes' poetry and career.

 

1998

Negev, Eilat: »›My Life with Sylvia Plath‹, by Ted Hughes.«
In The Daily Telegraph, 31 Oct. 1998.

Posthumously published, Hughes in this interview talks about his life and the period of his marriage with Sylvia Plath in particular.

 

Negev, Eilat: »›Poetry is a Way of Talking to Loved Ones when it's too Late‹.«
In The Daily Telegraph, 2 Nov. 1998.
Again, published within days after Hughes' death. Here he talks about his life and some of his views.

 

Pero, Tom: »So Quickly It's Over.«
In Wild Steelhead & Salmon, Vol 5, No 2, Winter 1999, 50-58.

A very good an enlightening piece. This ›Review‹ of the Interview has additional in-depth information.

 

2001

Gifford, Terry: Interview with Fay Godwin on Remains of Elmet and Elmet.
In Thumbscrew, No 18, Spring 2001, pp. 114–117.

Not really a Hughes interview but it provides some background information on Remains of Elment / Elmet.

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