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Is Martin Amis colonising Larkinland?

By Laura Marsh  

Above, Amis strikes a Larkinesque pose

Who could be surprised to see that Martin Amis has edited a new selection of Philip Larkin’s poems? Amis’s articles on the poet, which predictably make much of Larkin’s friendship with Kingsley Amis, have been difficult to avoid in the last year. He’s written about “Larkin’s women” in the Guardian and about his puzzling personality in the Financial Times; he has also lectured on his political incorrectness and threatened to write a literary novel about the poet’s life. And he has already channelled…

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