Papers of Anthony Thwaite relating to his Editorship of 'Larkin at Sixty'

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence with potential contributors and material relating to 'Larkin at Sixty'. There is also a small amount of correspondence relating to the a South Bank Show devoted to Larkin and Anthony Twaite's proposed book on Philip Larkin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anthony Simon Thwaite was born in Chester in 1930 and spent the years of the second world war with an aunt in Washington DC where he went to school. On his return he was boarded at Kingswood School, Bath, before studying at Christ Church Oxford. While there he edited Isis and co-edited Trio and Oxford Poetry 1954. From 1955 to 1957 he was Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at Tokyo University. On his return to England he became a producer of features for the BBC Third Programme and then , from 1962 to 1965 was literary editor of the Listener. From 1965 to 1967 he was Assistant Professor of English at the University of Libya, Benghazi. Later he became editor of The New Statesman, co-editor of Encounter and Director of Andre Deutsch Ltd. He had a sabbatical year as writer in residence at the University of East Anglia in 1972.

Thwaite published his first book of poems with the Fantasy Press in 1953 and his second Home Truths with the Marvell Press two years after Philip Larkin's The Less Deceived in 1957. He is literary executor of the estate of Philip Larkin, for whom he produced Larkin at Sixty (1982), later editing The Collected Poems (1988) and Selected Letters (1992).

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Purchased from Rick Gekoski, Bookseller, London, May 1994

Related Material

Other papers of Anthony Thwaite are at U DP151/4, U DP155 and U DP181

Papers of Philip Larkin [U DPL]