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Philip Larkin by Philip Larkin
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Feb 29, 2012

Read in February, 2012

Letters from Larkin to his longtime paramour Monica Jones from the late 1940s to 1984. Nearly quit reading this volume five or six times but something drove me on to the finish. I was girding myself for the nasty, racist, homophobic Larkin that was revealed when his first correspondence was published but in this respect found him mild. He comes across as a rather closeted-in man who does a job he hates (librarian) with people he resents. He nurses grudges wonderfully and has a snide view of life with soft touches. Ms. Jones was strung along for years by him- she wanted to marry- and probably deserved better.
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