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Record 20239

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Sydney shaped Larkin's taste skilfully, leading him away from J.C. Powys and towards Llewelyn and T.F., towards James Joyce with no expectation that he would enjoy him, and towards poets who would remain favourites all his life: Hardy, Christina Rossetti and A.E. Housman. In late 1939, when Larkin discovered T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Edward Upward and Christopher Isherwood, Sydney also encouraged him - continuing, as he had always done, to make reading seem an independent activity, only tenuously linked to schoolwork.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 31 Dec 1939
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Coventry
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Philip Larkin
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 9 Aug 1922
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later poet and librarian
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Wystan Hugh Auden
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 20239  
Source - Print  
  Author: Andrew Motion
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Philip Larkin. A Writer's Life
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 28
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin. A Writer's Life (London, 1993), p. 28, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=20239, accessed: 23 April 2019

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