Required Writing by Philip Larkin, 1st/1st, 1983

Required Writing by Philip Larkin, 1st/1st, 1983


This is a fine copy of Philip Larkin's 'Required Writing' in first edition, first printing. Faber and Faber, London, 1983. The jacket is with minimal shelf wear, has not been price clipped and is free from any discolouration. The boards are free from chips and marks, and also free from discolouration. It is free from previous owner's ink. The textblocks are bright and clean, and resemble a new copy. Overall this is in fine condition.


The appearance of Philip Larkin's second prose collection - reviews and critical assessments of writers and writing; pieces on jazz, mostly uncollected; some long, revealing and often highly entertaining interviews given on various occasions - was a considerable literary event. Stamped by wit, originality and intelligence, it was vintage Larkin throughout:


'Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.'
'I see life more as an affair of solitude diversified by company than as an affair of company diversified by solitude.'


Q. 'How did you arrive upon the image of a toad for work or labour?'

A. 'Sheer genius.'


Dedicated to the late Anthony Thwaite.