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Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life

Andrew Motion

Reissue of prizewinning biography of Larkin by his literary executor and close friend, former poet laureate Andrew Motion – with new jacket and introduction.

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£18.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571346677
Date Published
06.09.2018
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Summary

Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life won the Whitbread Award for Biography in 1993 and was championed as ‘an exemplary biography of its kind’ (The Times). With a new introduction written by the author, this edition offers an engrossing portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most popular, and most private, poets.

‘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

‘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

AndrewMotion

Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His group study The Lamberts won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin…

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