First Boredom, Then Fear

First Boredom, Then Fear

The Life of Philip Larkin

Book - 2005
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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.
ISBN: 9780720611472
0720611474
Branch Call Number: 821.914 L3247B
Characteristics: 272 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.

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