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, articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he 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 1,301,113 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Philip Larkin is the 513th most popular writer (up from 540th in 2019), the 394th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 384th in 2019) and the 51st 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 513 out of 5,794Before him are Vasily Grossman, Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, José Martí, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Harper Lee. After him are Marina Tsvetaeva, Milena Jesenská, Michel Houellebecq, Charles, Duke of Orléans, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Lorenzo Da Ponte.

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Among people born in 1922, Philip Larkin ranks 27Before him are Kurt Vonnegut, Christiaan Barnard, Stanley Cohen, Imre Lakatos, Alain Resnais, and Iannis Xenakis. After him are Alain Robbe-Grillet, Otto Carius, Telly Savalas, Agostinho Neto, Jason Robards, and Miguel Muñoz. Among people deceased in 1985, Philip Larkin ranks 17Before him are Rock Hudson, Simone Signoret, László Bíró, Dian Fossey, Simon Kuznets, and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. After him are Lon Nol, Jean Dubuffet, Anne Baxter, Margaret Mahler, Emil Gilels, and Robert Graves.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Philip Larkin ranks 394 out of 6,924Before him are Arthur Harden (1865), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Æthelred the Unready (968), Bobby Charlton (1937), Richard Wright (1943), and William Laud (1573). After him are Henry Hudson (1570), Francis William Aston (1877), Rudolf Abel (1903), Bonnie Tyler (1951), Angus Young (1955), and Joshua Reynolds (1723).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, Philip Larkin ranks 51Before him are Enid Blyton (1897), Harold Pinter (1930), Thomas Paine (1737), Samuel Johnson (1709), George Eliot (1819), and D. H. Lawrence (1885). After him are A. J. Cronin (1896), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), Samuel Butler (1835), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), and Walter Raleigh (1554).