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Walking with the Ancestors - Philip Larkin

Larkin in Wellington

Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin, one of the 20th Century's most renowned literary figures, published his only two novels and his first collection of poetry while living in Wellington, where he began his professional career as a Librarian in 1943. Although he only stayed in the town for a little under three years, most scholars of Larkin's work now count his time in Wellington as crucial to his development in establishing an individual style separate from the writers he sought to emulate, such as Yeats and Auden, and in moulding his attitudes towards life, love and relationships; the subject of much of his greatest work.