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Jazz Writings

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Philip Larkin (1922-85) was not only one of the foremost English poets of the twentieth century, but also a notable novelist and a distinguished writer on jazz. He was jazz critic for The Daily Telegraph between 1961 and 1971. Jazz Writings brings together Larkin's reviews, articles and essays written for The Guardian, The Observer, The New Statesman, and numerous other pu ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 30th 2004 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published November 15th 2004)
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"The only thing you can polish is a surface." This sentence jumped out, a profound thought for reflection. Sorry, l couldn't resist the pun. The line refers to a writer who is impressively flashy but doesn't say much. An example of Larkin's power with words. His thinking as a poet could condense a broader subject to fewer words.
As a music reviewer, or in this collection, a reviewer of books on jazz by other jazz review writers, I think Larkin might spoil it for reading othe
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Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL, was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. He spent his working life as a university librarian and was offered the Poet Laureateship following the death of John Betjeman, but declined the post. Larkin is commonly regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century. He first came to prominence with the release of his thi ...more
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