Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin 1974
Philip Larkin 1974

The British Library houses a special collection of books by or about the poet Philip Larkin, formerly owned by Larkin's bibliographer B.C. Bloomfield.

About the collection

The collection comprises over 200 books by or about the poet Philip Larkin (1922-1985), formerly owned by Larkin’s bibliographer. This extensive collection contains many first and subsequent editions with dust-jackets, proof copies and translations of Larkin’s works. The collection is identified in Explore the British Library by the shelfmark prefix “Larkin”. This special collection complements the books by and about Philip Larkin in the general collections. Philip Larkin’s Collected Poems is available on open access in the Humanities 1 reading room at shelfmark HLR.821.914 LAR

What is available online?

The British Library's English and Drama blog has taken a look at Larkin's published writing, the Bloomfield bibliography and the collection of Larkin books now at the British Library.

What is available in our Reading Rooms?

Registered Readers can request items to the Rare Books & Music Reading Room using Explore the British Library .

What is available in other organisations?

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford holds an important collection of letters by Larkin in addition to a collection of medals, certificates and miscellaneous objects belonging to Larkin.

Further information

  • B.C. Bloomfield. Philip Larkin: A Bibliography 1933-1976. London: Faber, 1979. Shelfmark: X.989/54071
  • B.C. Bloomfield. Philip Larkin: A Bibliography 1933-1994. London: British Library, 2002. Shelfmark: 2725.g.3305
  • Andrew Motion. Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life. London: Faber, 1993. Shelfmark YC.1993.b.2036

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