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Record 25127

Reading Experience:

"Which reminds me I noticed an extract from Ben Jonson the other day which said 'the third requisite in our poet, or maker, is imitation... to follow him (Auden, in my case) till he grow very He; or so like him that the copy may be mistaken for the principal...'"
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Dec 1940 and 20 Dec 1940
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: 33 Cherry Orchard, Lichfield
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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Ben Jonson
Title: extract
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 25127  
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: 5
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Larkin, Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin 1940-1985 (London, 1992), p. 5,, accessed: 06 February 2023

Additional comments:

Larkin was staying with relatives in wartime Lichfield. The letter is to J.B Sutton, dated 20 December 1940.



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