The Whitsun Weddings
One of the great poetry collections of the last century joins the Faber Modern Classics list.
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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
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.
One of the best poems of our time.
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