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

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"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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Richard Bradford: Richard Bradford has authored biographies of Kingsley Amis (Lucky Him 978 0720611175), Philip Larkin (First Boredom, Then Fear 978 0720613254) and Martin Amis (978 1605983851).

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Book Description Biteback Publishing, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin altered the landscape of post-war British fi ction and poetry and were among the most popular serious literary writers of the second half of the twentieth century. Respectively, their fiction and poetry - particularly works such as Lucky Jim and The Whitsun Weddings - have captured the imagination of the reading public and speak to us of something innately English and timeless. Published works only touch the surface of the bizarre and magnetic relationship between these two controversial and eccentric writers. The true, complex story is told here for the fi rst time. Thoroughly researched, and brilliantly composed by Richard Bradford - author of critically acclaimed separate biographies of both writers, and of Martin Amis - The Odd Couple shows us these two literary giants as we have never seen them before. It also shows us how much of their most important work is an index to their relationship. Had they not met they would not have become the writers they were. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781849543750

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