Philip Larkin is widely regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the twentieth century. As such, there is a vast amount of literary criticism surrounding his work.
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.
Robert C. Evans is Professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery, USA. He is author of Perspectives on World War I Poetry (Bloomsbury, 2014) and (with Eric Sterling) The Continuum Handbook of Seventeenth-Century Literature (Continuum Press, 2010), among many other titles.
Introduction.- 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.