Introduced by Anthony Thwaite
Foreword by Andrew Motion
Edited by Anthony Thwaite
Photographs by the author, selected by Andrew Motion
This exceptional Folio edition of Philip Larkin’s Collected Poems includes a new foreword by Andrew Motion. It is the only edition of Larkin’s poetry to be illustrated with many of the author’s own photographs.
In this outstanding new edition, Philip Larkin’s collected poems are presented alongside his own photographs for the first time. Drawing on the authorised text, the poetry selection is edited and introduced by renowned poet Anthony Thwaite, and includes a new foreword by former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. The chronological order of the published collections presents the key points in Larkin’s writing career. His colloquial, workaday style reflects his unassuming life as a distinguished librarian at Hull University; his genius lay in transforming experiences into poetry that, perhaps more than with any other British poet of his time, strikes a common chord. His direct style and wicked sense of humour have made Larkin one of the most widely read British poets of the 20th century. He was named Britain’s greatest post-war writer by The Times in 2008.
‘Most of us have scores of Larkin’s lines, hemistiches and phrases in our heads, to make us smile whenever we think of them’
- Clive James
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a paper front board, printed with a design by Richard Peacock
Set in Berling
Colour frontispiece and 12 integrated black & white photographs by Philip Larkin
9½˝ x 6¾˝