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Record 20223

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Sydney [Larkin's father] gave him free run of his library and his appetite for books grew enormously. "Thanks to my father", he wrote later: "our house contained not only the principal works of most main English writers in some form or other (admittedly there were exceptions, like Dickens), but also nearly-complete collections of authors my father favoured - Hardy, Bennett, Wilde, Butler and Shaw, and later on Lawrence, Huxley and Katherine Mansfield".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 31 Dec 1937
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 librarian and poet
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: [unknown]
Title: [various fiction works in his father's library]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
owned by his father

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 20223  
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: 27
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin. A Writer's Life (London, 1993), p. 27, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=20223, accessed: 19 January 2022

Additional comments:

 

 

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