HUGHES, TED (1930-1998)
AUTOGRAPH DRAFT AND REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'PLAYING WITH AN ARCHETYPE', in a paper wrapper inscribed by Ted and Carol Hughes for Christmas 1980, the draft 28 lines, the manuscript 25 lines, with autograph revisions and deletions preserving reconsidered readings, 1 page, folio, and 2 pages, quarto [before December1980]
While they gambled for their clothes
It was amusing
Soon he lost every last stitch
When they gambled for body privileges
It was exciting
Even when she won his last hair, to do as she liked with...
The final version of the poem (14 lines) was published in The Spectator, 24 September 1994.
PROVENANCE: Ted and Carol Hughes.