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Record 25130

Reading Experience:

'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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 13 July 2024

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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