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Required Writing

Philip Larkin

Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-1982 by Philip Larkin collects the widely loved poet’s essays, reviews, writings on jazz and some revealing and entertaining interviews.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571131204
Date Published
06.05.2002
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Summary

The appearance of Philip Larkin’s second prose collection – reviews and critical assessments of writers and writing; pieces on jazz, mostly uncollected; some long, revealing and often highly entertaining interviews given on various occasions – was a considerable literary event. Stamped by wit, originality and intelligence, it was vintage Larkin throughout:

‘Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.’
‘I see life more as an affair of solitude diversified by company than as an affair of company diversified by solitude.’

Q. ‘How did you arrive upon the image of a toad for work or labour?’

A. ‘Sheer genius.’

PhilipLarkin

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 and educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, and St John’s College, Oxford. As well as his volumes of poems, which include The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows, he wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and two books of collected journalism: All What Jazz: A Record…

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