Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. He is widely considered one of the major figures of British poetry in the second half of the 20th century. His works are characterized by their realistic portrayal of everyday life, their use of colloquial language, and their sense of humor and melancholy. Some of his most notable works include 'The Whitsun Weddings' and 'High Windows'. Larkin was also known for his pessimistic and somewhat controversial personal views. Despite declining the position of Poet Laureate, his contribution to English literature remains significant.


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  1. 1. The Complete Poems

    "The Complete Poems" is a comprehensive collection of works by a renowned poet. The book includes all of his published poems, as well as a number of unpublished pieces, offering readers a full view of his literary prowess. His poetry often reflects on life's mundane realities and the human condition, exploring themes of love, death, and time with a unique blend of wit, melancholy, and piercing insight. The collection serves as an essential resource for both scholars and fans of his work.

    The 2928th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Girl In Winter

    This novel follows the story of a young woman living in England during World War II, who reminisces about a summer day spent in the English countryside before the war. As she navigates her mundane job and the bleakness of wartime England, her memories of that summer day and her interactions with an English family provide a stark contrast to her current life. The narrative delves into themes of isolation, the passage of time, and the fleeting nature of happiness, capturing the protagonist's internal struggle and longing for connection amidst the backdrop of a world at war.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time