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Philip Larkin
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: 02 December 1985


  • Philip Arthur Larkin CH CBE FRSL was an English poet, novelist and librarian
When did Philip Larkin die? / Died02 December 1985

Philip Larkin facts

  • 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)
  • He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973)
  • His many honours include the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
  • He was offered, but declined, the position of Poet Laureate in 1984, following the death of Sir John Betjeman
  • After graduating from Oxford in 1943 with a first in English language and literature, Larkin became a librarian
  • It was during the thirty years he worked with distinction as university librarian at the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull that he produced the greater part of his published work
  • His poems are marked by what Andrew Motion calls a very English, glum accuracy about emotions, places, and relationships, and what Donald Davie described as lowered sights and diminished expectations
  • Eric Homberger (echoing Randall Jarrell) called him "the saddest heart in the post-war supermarket"—Larkin himself said that deprivation for him was what daffodils were for Wordsworth
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