Philip Larkin

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Philip Larkin

Writers and Their Work

2004

January 1st, 2004

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Philip Larkin is one of the finest English poets of our time. His poetic personality – nostalgic, wry, melancholy, ironic, witty and haunting – has appealed to a far wider audience than that of literary specialists, while also winning the respect of leading critics and fellow poets. Lerner’s study relates poetry to Larkin’s life, and to the literary and social environment of post-war Britain; discusses the Larkin persona, and Larkin’s relation to literary criticism; and above all seeks to guide readers to a full appreciation of the power and subtlety of Larkin’s best poems.

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Laurence Lerner was Professor of English at the University of Sussex and then at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. His many publications include nine volumes of poetry, three novels and numerous critical works including Love and Marriage (1979), The Frontiers of Literature (1988) and a new edition of Philip Larkin (2005) also in the Writers and their Work series.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page3
Copyright4
Dedication5
Contents8
Acknowledgements9
Biographical Outline10
Abbreviations and References12
1. The Life14
2. The Novels19
3. The Less Deceived23
4. The Whitsun Weddings34
5. High Windows – and Larkin’s Politics38
6. The Larkin Persona47
7. Larkin and Literary Criticism54
Select Bibliography66
Index72