Larkin Redux


Philip Larkin: Life, Art, and Love by James Booth (Bloomsbury): While Larkin enjoyed great renown during his life—at least by poets’ standards—his reputation was tarnished following the 1992 publication of his letters, which revealed a spiteful man with unsavory opinions on race and sex. Booth’s new biography looks to mend Larkin’s reputation by examining his personal relationships. Booth argues that the poet was far from boorish, but rather better understood through the beauty of his art and the people he held most dear.

Read also the review in The Sunday Times.


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