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Andrew Motion

Author of Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life

77+ Works 2,012 Members 84 Reviews

About the Author

Andrew Motion is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
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Works by Andrew Motion

Keats (1997) 217 copies
Wainewright the Poisoner (2000) 154 copies
The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982) — Editor — 125 copies
Here to Eternity: An Anthology of Poetry (2001) — Editor — 97 copies
The New World: A Novel (2014) 96 copies
The Invention of Dr Cake (2003) 81 copies
In the Blood (1600) 77 copies
First World War Poems (2003) 63 copies
Public Property (2002) 36 copies
Salt Water (Ff Poetry) (1997) 29 copies
The Cinder Path (2009) 28 copies
The Price of Everything (1994) 22 copies
Poetry by Heart (2016) 21 copies
The Customs House (2012) 16 copies
Poetry by Heart: Poems for Learning and Reciting (2014) — Editor — 15 copies
Love in a Life (1991) 13 copies
The Pale Companion (1989) 12 copies
Pleasure Steamers (1978) 10 copies
Peace Talks (2015) 9 copies
Essex Clay (2018) 9 copies
New Writing 2 (1993) — Editor — 8 copies
Natural Causes (1987) 7 copies
The Folio Book of War Poetry — Editor — 7 copies
Laurels and Donkeys (2010) 5 copies
Bedford Square (2006) 5 copies
New Writing 3 (1994) 5 copies
The Penguin Book of Elegy (2023) 4 copies
A Long Story (2001) 4 copies
Ten War Poems (2016) 3 copies
Firsthand (2001) 3 copies
Famous for the Creatures (1991) 3 copies
Secret narratives (1983) 2 copies
Bedford Square 4 (2010) 2 copies
Independence (1981) 2 copies
Magpie: New Writing (2000) 2 copies
William Barnes (2001) 2 copies
Take 20: New Writing (1998) 2 copies
Goodnestone (Poets) (1972) 1 copy
Waders 1 copy
Bedford Square: 5 (2011) 1 copy
May Anthologies (2002) 1 copy
Coming Home 1 copy
Two Poems (1988) 1 copy

Associated Works

Emma (1815) — Foreword, some editions — 38,159 copies
Collected Poems (1958) — Introduction, some editions — 788 copies
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contributor — 280 copies
The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (Oxford Books of Verse) (1973) — Foreword, some editions — 267 copies
British Poetry Since 1945 (1970) — Contributor, some editions — 167 copies
Granta 41: Biography (1992) — Contributor — 143 copies
Poetry By Heart (2001) — Foreword — 128 copies
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 109 copies
The Dylan Companion: A Collection of Essential Writing About Bob Dylan (1990) — Contributor, some editions — 96 copies
The Spoken Word Revolution Redux (2007) — Contributor — 84 copies
Midsummer Nights (1702) — Contributor — 74 copies
John Keats: Poems Selected by Andrew Motion (2000) — Editor — 67 copies
Granta 133: What Have We Done (2015) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Best American Poetry 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 57 copies
Anne Stevenson: Selected Poems (2008) — Editor — 47 copies
Commonplace (1870) — Foreword, some editions — 47 copies
Selected Poems (Everyman's Library) (1994) — Editor, some editions — 37 copies
Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry (2007) — Foreword — 10 copies
The Greek Myths: Jason and the Argonauts (2008) — Foreword — 7 copies
Thames: An Anthology of River Poems (1999) — Contributor — 5 copies
Red: The Waterstones Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 5 copies
William Barnes (Poet to Poet) (2007) — Editor — 5 copies
Chatto Poetry Festival (1989) — Foreword — 3 copies

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A sensitive and touching memoir of childhood, growing up, family and friends relationships, especially his gentle observances of a strong bond and relationship with his mother.
He displays throughout his acute observation and amazing recall of detail.
He relates how he became a poet through illness and encouragement of a faithful English teacher.
 
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GeoffSC | 2 other reviews | Aug 20, 2023 |
A five-star book, less half a star for the patronizing way Motion makes pronouncements about what Larkin didn't really mean or how Larkin was doing or saying this or that merely for effect; and another half a star for his inability to present Larkin's political views without downplaying them, denigrating them; or pretending they were the result of Larkin's shallow understanding of politics.
 
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judeprufrock | 4 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |
While Motion's prose is flawless, the disconcerted and often rambling nature of his narrative makes this book tedious to finish. Nonetheless, "The New World" succeeds in igniting a nostalgia for the original "Treasure Island" in the hearts and minds of its readers and if a book's success can be measured by the emotions it invokes- then "The New World" is that type of novel which truly opens the door to another realm.

Other than his narrative, Motion succeeds in entrancing his readers and building upon Stevenson's original work. Well worth a read if you hunger after simpler times where friend and foe fought side by side on the high-seas and crossed paths with the denizens of the New World in the American hinterlands.… (more)
 
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Amarj33t_5ingh | 42 other reviews | Jul 8, 2022 |
As I have said before, I think a great biography profoundly changes one's perspective. John Keats has been my favourite poet since I was a high school students, but I actually knew almost nothing about him. This great biography by Andrew Motion has changed that profoundly. It was a five-star read to me.

Most of the Romantic poets were too young to witness the French Revolution; that event was much more impressive to the generation of Mary Wollstonecraft, who went to Paris to see how the revolution unfolded. However, the revolutionary spirit had a long echo in the ideas of the Romantic poets, including John Keats, and this biography shows how that formed the young Keats.

The biography is an impressive description of the momentuous events Keats life and his family, and friends. His life and illness can only be described as tragic, up until the moving moments of his early death in Rome.
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