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(Message started by: Kevin Cryan on Today at 09:25)

Title: Robert Hughes (July 1938 - August 2012) R.I.P.
Post by Kevin Cryan on Today at 09:25
Brisbane Times
5:46PM Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Fatal Shore author Robert Hughes dies at 74 (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/fatal-shore-author--robert-hughes-dies-at-74-20120807-23r0l.html)
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Obituary (http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/aug/07/robert-hughes?newsfeed=true)
Michael McNay
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 7 August 2012 02.48 BST
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Robert and Clive at the beginning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCydBmy2sIA) of their illustrious careers.

Kevin Cryan

Title: Re: Robert Hughes (July 1938 - August 2012) R.I.P.
Post by Kevin Cryan on 11.08.12 at 10:20
John Naguton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Naughton)ís recent blog entry Remembering Robert Hughes (http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2012/08/10/16720) is a reminder to me why over these many years I've read such a lot of Clive and Robertís output.


Quote:

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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Kevin Cryan


PS

Johnís Wikipedia entry has not been updated (http://www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/people/mr-john-naughton) recently.



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