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Philip Larkin

1922 - 1985

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Philip Arthur Larkin (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974). He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, with his articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Larkin has received more than 1,748,719 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Philip Larkin is the 589th most popular writer (down from 513th in 2019), the 462nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 393rd in 2019) and the 53rd most popular British Writer.

Philip Larkin is most famous for his poetry. He was born in 1922 in Coventry, England. He was an English poet and novelist. He was also a librarian at the University of Hull.

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Among writers, Philip Larkin ranks 589 out of 5,755Before him are Elisabeth of Wied, Franz Werfel, Pietro Metastasio, Gustav Meyrink, August Wilhelm Schlegel, and Eduardo Galeano. After him are Thomas Wolfe, Ferenc Molnár, Ausonius, Tirso de Molina, Arthur Koestler, and Samuel Butler.

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Among people born in 1922, Philip Larkin ranks 32Before him are Otto Carius, Vittorio Gassman, Doris Day, Alain Resnais, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Telly Savalas. After him are Renata Tebaldi, Stanley Cohen, Nándor Hidegkuti, Jacques Piccard, Arthur Ashkin, and Miguel Muñoz. Among people deceased in 1985, Philip Larkin ranks 19Before him are Charles Francis Richter, Dian Fossey, Jean Dubuffet, Simon Kuznets, Lon Nol, and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. After him are Anne Baxter, John Franklin Enders, Ian Stewart, Ferhat Abbas, Margaret Mahler, and Emil Gilels.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Philip Larkin ranks 462 out of 7,765Before him are Tony Scott (1944), James Callaghan (1912), William Kidd (1645), Mary Anning (1799), Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), and John Knox (1514). After him are Joshua Reynolds (1723), Richard Francis Burton (1821), Donald Pleasence (1919), John Hicks (1904), Samuel Butler (1835), and Samuel Johnson (1709).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, Philip Larkin ranks 53Before him are Robert Burns (1759), John le Carré (1931), Beatrix Potter (1866), J. M. Barrie (1860), A. A. Milne (1882), and Percy Fawcett (1867). After him are Samuel Butler (1835), Samuel Johnson (1709), John Donne (1572), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), John Bunyan (1628), and Daphne du Maurier (1907).