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The Whitsun Weddings (Faber Modern Classics Edition)

Philip Larkin

One of the great poetry collections of the last century joins the Faber Modern Classics list.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571326297
Date Published
04.02.2016
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Summary

The most cherished of poets, Philip Larkin is a writer with an unrivalled ability to touch readers with his evocations of English life. The Whitsun Weddings, his first volume with Faber and Faber, was published in 1964. This Faber Modern Classics edition includes a foreword by Alan Johnson MP.

‘Larkin, with his (in the best sense) provincial eye, and his unparalleled ear, is the supreme writer of post-war England.’ Telegraph
‘Larkin’s originality is palpable . . . Who else uses an essentially conversational idiom to achieve such a variety of emotional effects? Who else takes us, and takes us so often, from sunlit levity to mellifluous gloom? And let it be emphasised that Larkin is never ‘depressing’.’ Martin Amis

Critic Reviews

Philip Larkin's finest collection of poems. ... The Whitsun Weddings collection includes some of Larkin's greatest poems: Dockery and Son, Faith Healing, Reference Back, Love Songs in Age, An Arundel Tomb and MCMXIV among them. But the title poem is its crowning glory.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

One of the best poems of our time.

Times Literary Supplement
PhilipLarkin

Philip Larkin, poet, novelist and librarian, was born in Coventry in 1922. He published four volumes of poetry – The North Ship (1945), The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974) – for which he received innumerable honours including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the WH Smith Award. He also wrote two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and his journalism is collected in two volumes, All…

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