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The Odd Couple: The Curious Friendship Between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin

“A wonderful, fascinating account of two stars of the post-war literary generation, and their mutual influence.”— –Good Book Guide


Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin were close from the moment they met as undergraduates at Oxford. They were, however, very different personalities. Kingsley was charming, sociable, and completely amoral whilst Larkin was awkward and insecure. Their relationship with one another is fascinating in part because it provided the inspiration behind their work. In fact, parts of Lucky Jim were based on Larkin’s life, a fact the poet begrudged for the rest of his life. An extraordinary study of one of the most controversial literary friendships of the twentieth century.

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9781849543750 ,
Weight 0.658 kg
Dimensions 239 × 162 × 33 mm




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