Before Philip Larkin’s became infamous for his crude writing style, he started out as an adolescent writer for his school newspaper. Born on August 9, 1922, in Coventry, England, Larkin attended King Henry VIII School between years 1930 and 1940. He wrote and edited articles for the school magazine, The Coventrian. Before entering college, some of Larkin’s poetry caught eye and became published in 1940. Continuing his love for writing, Larkin went to St. John’s College, Oxford, and graduated with First Class Honors in English in 1943. His love for reading and writing triggered a burning passion in Larkin that lasted his entire life. After graduation, Larkin was immediately appointed Librarian at Wellington, Shropshire; where he studied to become a professional librarian. Although he was extremely busy with his job and his studies, Larkin continued to write and publish poetry and novels.
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