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7 August 2012

12:02 PM

7 August 2012

12:02 PM

It has been a bad week for men of letters, with the loss of Gore Vidal a few days ago and Robert Hughes today.

Gore was famous for his feuds, but Hughes, a Spectator contributor, had a softer side, unless your art was phony:

‘The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is given to the less talented as a consolation prize.’

And the man once dubbed the ‘greatest art critic in the world’ was certainly sure of himself. Bret Easton Ellis recalls:

‘The only time I came in contact with Robert Hughes was in 1991 when he threatened to leave Random House if they published American Psycho.’


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