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Record Number: 20233


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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Llewelyn Powys

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

20233

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/RED/record_details.php?id=20233, accessed: 01 July 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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