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Robert Hughes (July 1938 - August 2012) R.I.P.
« : 07.08.12 at 09:25 »
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Brisbane Times
5:46PM Tuesday Aug 07, 2012
 
Fatal Shore author Robert Hughes dies at 74
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Obituary
Michael McNay  
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 7 August 2012 02.48 BST  
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Robert and Clive at the beginning of their illustrious careers.
 
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Re: Robert Hughes (July 1938 - August 2012) R.I.P.
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John Nagutonís recent blog entry Remembering Robert Hughes is a reminder to me why over these many years I've read such a lot of Clive and Robertís output.
 
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Somerset Maugham said that before embarking on a new book he read Voltaireís Candide as a way of cleansing his style. Other writers have used Hemingway or Tom Wolfe in the same way. I have often reached for Robert Hughes or Clive James when feeling jaded or pedestrian, not because I wanted to try and emulate their styles but because I wanted to inhale something of their approach to writing: serious without being pompous; a talent for muscular prose with an inbuilt-capacity to shock or surprise; unwillingness to take the great and the good at their inflated estimations of themselves; and a wonderful capacity for caricature
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