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Record Number: 25130


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'As Lawrence (+ sign of cross - not christian cross - no devil down in Hell: [Christian cross] (!!)) said 'The reason the English Middle Classes chew every mouthful 30 times is that a bite any bigger than a pea would cause stoppage in their narrow guts,' or words to that effect). Which I approve [...] I am reading Lawrence daily (like the bible) and with great devotion.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

9 Aug 1922

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Student, Librarian, Poet

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:

D. H. Lawrence

Title:

unknown

Genre:

Fiction, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

25130

Source:

Print

Author:

Philip Larkin

Editor:

Anthony Thwaite

Title:

Selected Letters of Philip Larkin 1940-1985

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1992

Vol:

n/a

Page:

19

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Larkin, Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin 1940-1985 (London, 1992), p. 19, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=25130, accessed: 01 July 2022


Additional Comments:

This letter is to Norman Iles, dated 23 July 1941. A brief passage follows recalling discussion of Lawrence's poem 'Snake' with peers in Bagley Wood.

   
   
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