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Ted Hughes, Selected Translations, edited by Daniel Weissbort

Ted Hughes, Selected Translations, edited by Daniel Weissbort

By Ted Hughes

Faber and Faber, 232 pp, £20.00, ISBN 0-571-22140-8
Series 3 No.9 - Palestine

Review by Belinda Cooke

With MPT now in its third series, it seems fitting to review a text by its two co-founders. Daniel Weissbort provides both an insider’s knowledge of Hughes’ working practices and a retrospective on why they started MPT in the first place—a decision triggered by Hughes’ encounter with various East European poets in the fifties and linked to his role in...

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