The Prospect podcast #64—Clive James on the real Philip Larkin
The author and poet Clive James speaks to Prospect about the greatest lyric poet since Andrew Marvell
In this podcast Sameer Rahim asks Clive James: what was Philip Larkin really like? What was it about this very ordinary man that enabled him to produce such extraordinary poetry?
When Larkin died in 1985 he left a carefully curated collection of poems and novels but since then we’ve had shelffuls of letters—some of which James reviewed for our Winter issue—and biographies. How has our view of Larkin changed?
Plus: your weekly dosing of politics. Produced by Jay Elwes.
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