Views & Reviews Between the Lines

A question of euthanasia

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 01 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4567
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    Richard Hughes (1900-76) is now mainly remembered for his novel A High Wind in Jamaica, published in 1929, and for having been the friend of Dylan Thomas. Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin made slighting reference to him in their correspondence, but that is no evidence of any bad qualities on his part.

    Initially, however, Hughes wanted to be a dramatist, and it was as such that he first came to prominence. George Bernard Shaw called Hughes’s first work, The Sisters’ Tragedy, which he wrote aged 22 in 1922, the finest one act play ever written. It was produced at the Royal Court Theatre. Hughes went on two years later to …

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