The Coming of the Kings,
and Other Plays.
First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to his friend Nick Gammage on the title page, “Ted Hughes, For Nick, Greetings and best wishes, Ted, 25 Nov. 93”. Gammage and Hughes’s correspondence began when Gammage, then a 19 year-old student and fan, wrote to the poet for help on his dissertation. For twenty years Hughes used to write exhaustive letters to him, in which he expressed much of his thinking on literature and on life – in Gammage’s words, his letters “were like triggers, as though he was using the letters to explore his thinking about his writing. He would often start by saying, ‘Your question is impossible to answer’, and then for six pages give the most brilliant answers.” After the poet’s death, Gammage published The Epic Poise: A Celebration of Ted Hughes (Faber 1999). Scarce signed.
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Octavo. Original blue boards, titles gilt to spine. With the dust jacket. Light fading along top and bottom edge of boards. An excellent copy in the jacket.