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Philip Larkin was a British poet, novelist, critic, and essayist. Born in 1922 in Coventry, England, he graduated from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1940 and then pursued a career as a librarian, becoming the librarian at the University of Hull in 1955. Although he led a retiring life and published infrequently, producing only one volume of poetry approximately every 10 years, Larkin was still considered one of the preeminent contemporary British poets. He is often associated with the "Movement," a 1950s literary group that, through the use of colloquial language and common, everyday subjects, endeavored to create poetry that would appeal to the common reader. However, this association came about mainly because Larkin's poem "Church Going," for which he first gained critical attention, was published in New Lines, an anthology of the "Movement" poets. In reality, his work, particularly his later poems, is not typical of the group. Larkin's published a total of only four volumes of poetry: The North Ship (1945), The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964), and High Windows (1974). He also wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and published two volumes of prose, Required Writing and All That Jazz, a collection of his reviews of jazz records. Philip Larkin died in 1985. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Collected Poems 2,121 copies, 20 reviews
The Whitsun Weddings 612 copies, 3 reviews
High Windows 579 copies, 5 reviews
A Girl in Winter 357 copies, 5 reviews
Jill 337 copies, 3 reviews
The Complete Poems 198 copies, 3 reviews
The North Ship 134 copies
Gedichten 10 copies
Church going 3 copies, 1 review
44 wiersze 3 copies
High Windows [poem] (Author) 1 copy
Aubade 1 copy
Zebrane 1 copy
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 857 copies, 7 reviews
An Unsuitable Attachment (Foreword, some editions) 646 copies, 17 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (Author, some editions) 580 copies, 7 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 408 copies, 1 review
The Faber Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 267 copies, 2 reviews
The New Poetry (Contributor) 253 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (Contributor, some editions) 247 copies, 3 reviews
The Art of Losing (Contributor) 168 copies, 20 reviews
British Poetry Since 1945 (Contributor, some editions) 154 copies, 2 reviews
Emergency Kit (Contributor, some editions) 100 copies, 1 review
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