He was the poet who asked, ‘Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life?’ but new evidence suggests Larkin was proud of his library job.
Chichester Cathedral’s stone effigy famously influenced Philip Larkin’s An Arundel Tomb. But a new discovery suggests it may have inspired the tale John Keats wrote as La Belle Dame Sans Merci too.
Not all heirs and executors take the same view when it comes to publishing posthumous work.
He has a memorial in Westminster Abbey, but Philip Larkin is often dismissed for his perceived misogyny and racism. This is a great pity.
The beauty and delicacy of the Christmas story become in our consumerist hands a recipe for crassness and sentimentality. No surprise then, that poets are drawn to try to rescue it.
One of English poetry’s most recognisable voices has been memorialised in Westminster Abbey.