Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life

Andrew Motion
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ISBN 9780571170654 Format Paperback
Published 07/03/1994 Length 624 pages

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'An exemplary biography of its kind - detailed, meticulous and sympathetic.' Peter Ackroyd, The Times

'Larkin lived a quietly noble and exemplary version of the writer's life; Motion - affectionate but undeceived about the man's frailties, a diligent researcher and a deft reader of poetry - has written an equally exemplary 'Life' of him.' Peter Conrad, Observer

'Honest but not prurient, critical but also compassionate, Motion's book could not be bettered.' Alan Bennett, London Review of Books

'There will be other lives of Larkin, but Motion's, like Forster's of Dickens, will always have a special place.' John Carey, Sunday Times

  • About Andrew Motion

    Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. In 2015 he was appointed Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University; he lives in Baltimore. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. 

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