Philip Arthur Larkin CH CBE FRSL (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian
Philip Arthur Larkin CH CBE FRSL (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974).
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Philip Larkin was one of the greatest and most popular English poets of the twentieth century, and also one of the most .
Philip Larkin was one of the greatest and most popular English poets of the twentieth century, and also one of the most private. Living in towns "where only salesmen and relations come," refusing to read or lecture before an audience, he was by the end of his life affectionately known as "the hermit of Hull. Larkin's friend and fellow poet Andrew Motion has drawn deeply from this rich lode of previously unknown and unpublished material and from conversations with those who knew Larkin best, to give us an intimate and detailed portrait - the first, and undoubtedly the definitive, biography of this great poet.
We generally suppose that writers' reputations will sink in the years immediately following their deaths. Andrew Motion's biography Larkin: A Writer's Life and Philip Larkin's Collected Poems are published by Faber, price £1. 9 and £1. 9. But as all the above indicates, Larkin's posthumous fate has not been to vanish but to be transformed. There will always be readers who regret this, and feel the change has been damaging or even disgracing: they want to go back to the old raphy days, when the bear was still a teddy.
Andrew Motion does justice to the remarkable life of Philip Larkin in this moving biography. Since his death 25 years ago, Larkin has been bestowed with mythic status as the 'hermit of Hull'. A recluse who hid himself from the world to concentrate on his poetry, which line by line arrows home like no other at the bleak, circumscribed conditions of average human lives. This biography reveals the emotional tumult beneath the surface of Larkin's 'ordinary' life
Philip Larkin : a writer's life.
Philip Larkin : a writer's life. Even before he was twenty, Larkin formed close friendships with other aspiring writers, painters, and musicians.
Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life. From the publisher: ‘An exemplary biography of its kind – detailed, meticulous and sympathetic. John Carey, Sunday Times. Other Titles of Interest. Silver: Return to Treasure Island.
Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life won the Whitbread Award for Biography in 1993 and was championed as 'an exemplary biography of its kind' (The Times). There will be other lives of Larkin, but Motion's, like Forster's of Dickens, will always have a special place. Since his death 25 years ago, Larkin has been bestowed with mythic status as the 'hermit of Hull'
Andrew Motion does justice to the remarkable life of Philip Larkin in this moving biography. Renouncing the domestic comforts of a wife and children (his attitude to this revealed in his poetry such as Dockery and Son), Larkin lived most of his life behind the 'High Windows' of Pearson Park in Hull, working at an unassuming (though not ineffective) administrative job in Hull University Library.
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