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"Nothing, like something, happens anywhere." -- Philip Larkin
Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL (9 August 1922 — 2 December 1985) is widely regarded as one of the great English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), but he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974). He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered together in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961—71 (1985), and he edited the Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse (1973). He was offered, but declined, the position of poet laureate in 1984, following the death of John Betjeman.

After graduating from Oxford in 1943 with a first in English language and literature, Larkin became a librarian. It was during the thirty years he served as university librarian at the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull that he produced the greater part of his published work. His poems are marked by what Andrew Motion calls a very English, glum accuracy about emotions, places, and relationships, and what Donald Davie described as lowered sights and diminished expectations. Eric Homberger called him "the saddest heart in the post-war supermarket"...Larkin himself said that deprivation for him was what daffodils were for Wordsworth. Influenced by W. H. Auden, W. B. Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, his poems are highly-structured but flexible verse forms. They were described by Jean Hartley, the ex-wife of Larkin's publisher George Hartley (The Marvell Press), as a "piquant mixture of lyricism and discontent," though anthologist Keith Tuma writes that there is more to Larkin's work than its reputation for dour pessimism suggests.

Larkin's public persona was that of the no-nonsense, solitary Englishman who disliked fame and had no patience for the trappings of the public literary life. The posthumous publication by Anthony Thwaite in 1992 of his letters triggered controversy about his personal life and reactionary political views, described by John Banville as hair-raising, but also in places hilarious. Lisa Jardine called him a "casual, habitual racist, and an easy misogynist," though the academic John Osborne argued in 2008 that "the worst that anyone has discovered about Larkin are some crass letters and a taste for porn softer than what passes for mainstream entertainment". Despite the controversy, Larkin was chosen in a 2003 Poetry Book Society survey, almost two decades after his death, as Britain's best-loved poet of the previous 50 years, and in 2008 The Times named him Britain's greatest post-war writer.

In 2010, a number of cultural events marked the quarter century since Larkin's death in 1985. Larkin's adopted home City of Kingston upon Hull is marking the anniversary with the Larkin 25 Festival including the public art event Larkin with Toads. The festival will culminate with the unveiling of a statue to Larkin inspired by the poem, 'The Whitsun Weddings'. Larkin's poems are appearing on Hull buses and a bus has been named 'Philip Larkin' in his honour by his biographer Sir Andrew Motion, a former English Lecturer at Larkin's workplace, the University of Hull. A compilation of Larkin's favourite jazz recordings has been released to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

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Total Books: 95
Compassion The Essence of Palliative and End of Life Care
2015 - Compassion the Essence of Palliative and End of Life Care (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780198703310
ISBN-10: 0198703317
Genre: Medical Books
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Palliative Care at a Glance
2015 - Palliative Care at a Glance (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781118759219
ISBN-10: 1118759214
Genre: Medical Books
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The Complete Poems
2013 - The Complete Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374533663
ISBN-10: 0374533660
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Philip Larkin Poems
2013 - Philip Larkin Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571258116
ISBN-10: 0571258115
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin
2012 - The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780374126964
ISBN-10: 0374126968
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Philip Larkin Letters to Monica
2010 - Philip Larkin Letters to Monica (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780571239092
ISBN-10: 0571239099
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Australia The State of Democracy
2009 - Australia the State of Democracy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781862877252
ISBN-10: 1862877254
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Double Take An Actor's Reflection
2009 - Double Take an Actor's Reflection (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780956222008
ISBN-10: 0956222005
Genre: Arts & Photography
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The Sunday Sessions
2009 - The Sunday Sessions (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780571244041
ISBN-10: 0571244041
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Poetry & Drama, Literature & Fiction
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High Windows
2007 - High Windows [York Notes Advanced] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781405861823
ISBN-10: 1405861827
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Reference
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Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fiction 1943-1953
2007 - Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fiction 1943-1953 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571216116
ISBN-10: 0571216110
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Jill
2007 - Jill [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788426416087
ISBN-10: 842641608X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Las Bodas De Pentecostes/ The Weddings of Pentecostes
2007 - Las Bodas De Pentecostes/ the Weddings of Pentecostes [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788426416094
ISBN-10: 8426416098
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Girl in Winter
2005 - A Girl in Winter (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571225811
ISBN-10: 0571225810
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Jazz Writings Essays and Reviews 1940-84
2005 - Jazz Writings Essays and Reviews 1940-84 [Continuum Impacts] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780826476999
ISBN-10: 0826476996
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Collected Poems
2004 - Collected Poems (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374529208
ISBN-10: 0374529205
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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All What Jazz
2004 - All What Jazz (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788449315565
ISBN-10: 8449315565
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Catálogo de libros en español
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Further Requirements  Interviews Broadcasts Statements and Book Reviews 1952-85
2004 - Further Requirements Interviews Broadcasts Statements and Book Reviews 1952-85 [Poets on Poetry] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780472030071
ISBN-10: 0472030078
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Moeurs tranges au pensionnat de jeunes filles
2003 - Moeurs Tranges Au Pensionnat De Jeunes Filles (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782268045214
ISBN-10: 2268045218
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Further Requirements
2002 - Further Requirements (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571216147
ISBN-10: 0571216145
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Dear Philip Dear Kingsley Starring Alan Bennett  Robert Hardy
1985 - Girl in Winter [New Portway Reprints] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1980 - Aubade (Other)
A Lifted Study-storehouse [Philip Larkin Memorial Series] (Paperback)