HUGHES, TED (1930-1998)
FOUR SUCCESSIVE AUTOGRAPH DRAFTS AND A TYPESCRIPT FOR HIS POEM 'DEVON RIVIERA', possibly the complete working papers for the poem, the typescript inscribed by both Ted and Carol Hughes ('with love from Ted and Carol'), the typescript 29 lines, the four drafts respectively 34, 31, 39 and 39 lines, with heavy revisions and deletions preserving reconsidered readings; on the versos are typescripts of his poems 'The Golden Boy', 'The Risen', 'As I came, I saw a wood' and 'Only a little Sleep, A little Slumber' (from Cave Birds), 8 pages, folio and quarto, one a little browned at the edges [1986-1987]
One draft begins:
The holiday resort twinkling like a liner
In the blue evening, sails towards happiness.
Holiday girls from the North
And waiters from the Mediterranean
The printed version (29 lines) begins:
Under the silk nightie of the August evening
The prepared resort, a glowing liner,
Leans towards happiness, unmoving.
The whole vessel throbs with dewy longing...
The poem was first published in the Poetry Book Society Anthology, 1986/87 and was reprinted in the Sunday Times on 5 July 1998.
Also see lots 331, 372 and 373 and index.
PROVENANCE: Ted and Carol Hughes.