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Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin

Clive James

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Picador
09 October 2019
Biography: literary; Literary studies: poetry & poets
Clive James is a life-long admirer of the work of Philip Larkin. Somewhere Becoming Rain gathers all of James's writing on this towering literary figure of the twentieth century, together with extra material now published for the first time.

The greatness of Larkin's poetry continues to be obscured by the opprobrium attaching to his personal life and his private opinions. James writes about Larkin's poems, his novels, his jazz and literary criticism; he also considers the two major biographies, Larkin's letters and even his portrayal on stage in order to chart the extreme and, he argues, largely misguided equivocations about Larkin's reputation in the years since his death.

Through this joyous and perceptive book, Larkin's genius is delineated and celebrated. James argues that Larkin's poems, adored by discriminating readers for over half a century, could only have been the product of his reticent, diffident, flawed, and all-too-human personality.

Erudite and entertaining in equal measure, Somewhere Becoming Rain is a love letter from one of the world's best living writers to one of its most cherished poets.
By:   Clive James
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 205mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   264g
ISBN:   9781529028829
ISBN 10:   1529028825
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   09 October 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Clive James is the multi-million-copy bestselling author of more than forty books. His poetry collection Sentenced to Life and his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his collections of verse have been shortlisted for many prizes. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Reviews for Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin

One of the most important and influential writers of our time -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * Few contemporary critics display the passionate commitment to the idea of poetry, and to the idea of poetry's centrality to civilized life, that James does -- John Banville


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