This Readers' Guide provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the key reactions to Larkin’s poetry. Using a chronological structure, Robert C. Evans charts critical responses to Larkin’s work from his arrival on the British literary scene in the 1950s to the decades after his death. This includes analyses of critical material from around the world, making this an excellent guide for all students of Larkin.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction.- 1. Larkin Arrives: The 1950s and 60s.- 2. Larkin Rises: The 1970s.- 3. Larkin Triumphant: The 1980s.- 4. Larkin Under Siege: The 1990s.- 5. Larkin Triumphant Once More: The 2000s.- 6. Newer Approaches to Larkin: The 2010s.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.
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This is the most comprehensive study to date of the critical reception of Philip Larkin's poetry. It is also an immensely valuable contribution to scholarship in its own right. Lucid and incisive, it offers an illuminating account of both the poetry and the diverse, often controversial, responses it has prompted since its first publication.' - Stephen Regan, Durham University, UK