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Fascinating, touching, funny.....,
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This review is from: Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica (Paperback)
... are just some comments I can make about this. This is the domestic Larkin, sitting with a G & T, record player or "wireless" on, writing to his long-term, and often long-suffering, friend, girlfriend, lover, partner... I don't know what the correct term is for Monica, and I'm not sure she knew either! Larkin was a wonderful letter-writer, and, as the "Seleceted Letters" demonstrated, had a different voice for different listeners (compare his letters to Barbara Pym with those to Kingsley Amis, or notoriously, Colin Gunner) but here we get, if not THE Larkin, the biggest part of Larkin.
We also get an insight into the writing of, or gestation of, some of his poems, including An Arundel Tomb, This Be The Verse, and The Card Players, as well as comments on other poets. A goldmine for Larkin studies, and a jolly good read.