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Jill

Philip Larkin

Jill is Philip Larkin’s first novel and a classic of its time, in which the poet’s astute insight into character, emotion and social nuance plays out over the length of a novel in a rich, poetic prose.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571225828
Date Published
03.03.2005
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Summary

‘It will, I hope, still qualify for the indulgence traditionally extended to juvenilia,’ wrote Philip Larkin, almost twenty years after the publication of his first novel. But Jill, with its exact evocation of place – Oxford in 1940 – and astute insight into character, emotions and social nuance, requires no such indulgence. It is a classic of its time, and shows many of the qualities that were later to distinguish Larkin’s great, mature poetry.

Jill is, in a sense, a kind of cryptic manifesto. It is a novel about writing, about discovering a literary personality, and about the sorts of consolation that art can provide.’ Andrew Motion

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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