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Record 26536

Reading Experience:

[Lengthy, uncomplimentary quote from H. E. Bates on D. H. Lawrence] 'Perhaps you would like to know who is writing this? H. E. Ballocks. I mean H. E. Bastard. That is, H. E. Bates: [Quotes H. E. Bates comparing Lawrence unfavourably to Rilke]... No, I can't go on. When will these sodding loudmouthed cunting shitstuffed pisswashed sons of poxed-up bitches learn that there is something greater than literature? A bastard who can bastard well write bastard shit like that bastard well ought to be bastard well stuffed with broken glass, the bastard.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 9 Aug 1922 and 16 Sep 1941
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: 73 Coten End, Warwick
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: Herbert Ernest Bates
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry, Biography
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 26536  
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: 21-22
  Additional comments: The letter is to JB Sutton, dated 16 September 1941. Bates's exact work being read is unnamed.

Citation: Philip Larkin, Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin 1940-1985 (London, 1992), p. 21-22,, accessed: 08 December 2023

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