Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Greener_Books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Philip Larkin: Selected Letters Paperback – 25 Oct 1993

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback, 25 Oct 1993
£0.01
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (25 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057117048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571170487
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Book Description

Philip Larkin: Selected Letters presents a selection of Larkin's astonishingly frank and entertaining correspondence, whether with literary figures like Kingsley Amis and John Betjeman, or with his more intimate personal friends.

About the Author

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 and was educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, and St John's College, Oxford. As well as his volumes of poems, which include The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows, he wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and two books of collected journalism: All What Jazz: A Record Diary, and Required Writing: Miscellaneous Prose. He worked as a librarian at the University of Hull from 1955 until his death in 1985. He was the best-loved poet of his generation, and the recipient of innumerable honours, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and the WHSmith Award.

As one of Philip Larkin's chosen literary executors, Anthony Thwaite edited the Collected Poems, Selected Letters and Further Requirements. His own Collected Poems, drawing on fifty years work, was published in 2007.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This is a remarkable book. Larkin was an assiduous letter writer throughout his life, and this book presents over 40 years of them, to a very broad range of recipients, many well-known (Kingsley Amis, Douglas Dunn, John Wain, John Betjeman). Letter-writing featured strongly in both Larkin's completed novels, and can be seen to be a very important aspect of his life. But as both "Jill" and "A Girl In Winter" suggest, letter-writing not only acts to entertain and send news and gossip to the recipient, but also offer a partial self-definition. You write TO a particular person, and what you write is in part defined by that person. This is particularly the case here, where Larkin's voice and register change dramatically not only over time (as you'd expect) but very much by the recipient.

So, to start with, Larkin's youthful letters are a delight, as he is keen to impress others with his intelligence and his profound discoveries of the world around him. With JB Sutton, he becomes intimate as with no other, and reveals his profoundest worries, amidst much DH Lawrence worship, but gets stuck in this vein. With Kingsley Amis he is matey, blokish and hard-swearing. With Robert Conquest later on, even more so (with additional pornographic interest). The main biographical interest in this book will be, I suppose, his letters to the women in his life. To Monica, his main lover and companion (and his intellectual equal), he is profound, honest and self-castigating, whereas with Maeve (his "love") he is far more generous, tender and much less self-concerned. Things start to alter in the 1960s, though, as he starts to sour, and his letters to Amis and a former school friend Colin Gunner become almost staggering outpourings of vitriolic bile.
Read more ›
2 Comments 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Fascinating and entertaining collection of letters. Some, especially the ones to Kingsley Amis, are very funny. The rest contain many interesting insights and observations, and are very readable. Thoroughly recommended, not just for Larkin fans.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A joy to read (of course) and essential for those who want to further understand the mind of the man. Took special delight in discovering within his letters the odd 'throwaway' verse or squib which he uses to entertain his correspondant. Insightful and sad to read how Larkin noted the ever decreasing inspiration for his poetry in contrast to his increasing fame. Selected Letters gives us many sad ironies such as this, as well as reminding us of the many facets, attractive and unattractive, that make up a human personality. I understand that it was with the release of these letters that his reputation was muddied, so it was interesting that in one communication he requests his reader to ignore his political views as just sounding off. This doesn't mean that there aren't a few 'awkward' moments for the modern reader but I believe his poetry survives any revelations found in this collection. Buy it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an admirer of Philip Larkin's poetry, I expected to enjoy reading his letters, but in the event I was disappointed. He comes over as a self-obsessed, humorless individual with poor taste in subject-matter. I was also somewhat shocked by the far-right political sentiments expressed in some of his letters.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very good copy
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse