Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet and novelist. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), but 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 together in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973). He was the recipient of many honours, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He was offered, but declined, the position of poet laureate in 1984, following the death of John Betjeman.
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... writer Hesba Stretton (1832–1911), and the first job of poet Philip Larkin was as librarian of Wellington Library from 1943 to circa 1945 ... The poet Philip Larkin described Wellington as a 'hole of toad's turds' and stated that his job as town librarian was to 'hand out tripey novels to morons' ... A pathway at the side of Wellington Library was named Larkin Way in honour of Philip Larkin, but this pathway was lost during re-development work on the ...
... Faber and Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-21614-7 Larkin, Philip (1979), "The Brynmor Jones Library 1929–1979", in Brennan, Maeve, 'A Lifted Study-Storehouse' The Brynmor Jones Library 1929–1979, updated to 1985, Hull ... (1992), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, 1940–1985, Faber and Faber, ISBN 0-571-17048-X Thwaite, Anthony, ed ...
... The list of poems by Philip Larkin come mostly from the four volumes of poetry published during his lifetime The North Ship (July 1945) The Less Deceived (November 1955) The Whitsun Weddings (February ... Larkin also edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse, first published in 1973 ...
... List of poems by Philip Larkin – a complete list of all the known poems, both published and unpublished, and their date of composition Philip Larkin ...
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