First Boredom, Then Fear
The Life of Philip LarkinBook - 2005
When Anthony Thwaite's edition of Philip Larkin's Letters was published in 1992 and Motion's biography came out a year later, Larkin's enemies seized on the new disclosures with a frenzy hardly witnessed since the McCarthy era. What had hitherto been regarded only as potential inclinations hinted at in his poems - misogyny and zenophobia in particular - were now indisputable facts, and since then Larkin's reputation as a poet has been tarnished by his image as a human being. Richard Bradford's new biography reveals that Larkin treated his prejudices and peculiarities with detached circumspection. Sometimes he shared them, self-mockingly, self-destructively, with his closest friends; he divided up his life so that some people knew him well but none completely. It was only in the poems that the parts began to resemble the whole.
Publisher: London : Peter Owen, 2005.
Branch Call Number: 821.914 L3247B
Characteristics: 272 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.