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A Week in Literary History

August 9th, 2002

larkin.pngIn 1922, English poet Philip Larkin (The Less Deceived, 1955) is born in Coventry, Warwickshire.

Philip Larkin, b. August 9, 1922, d. 1985

Larkin became famous in England and then America in the Fifties and Sixties as a founding member of what came to be called The Movement — other members were Kingsley Amis and Thom Gunn — devoted to an anti-modernist, plain-spoken view of the world and a brutal and often sarcastic humor. If he’d written nothing else, he’d deserve immortality for these lines from “This Be the Verse,” 1974:

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

Suggested Reading Poetry The North Ship, 1945. XX Poems, 1951. The Less Deceived, 1955. The Whitsun Weddings, 1964. High Windows, 1974. Collected Poems, 1988. Collected Poems, 2003. Non-fiction Further Requirements: Interviews, Broadcasts, Statements and Book Reviews 1952-1985, 1988.

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