Workbook no. 1

Scope and Content

Contains Philip Larkin's drafts of poems, c. 200 pages

Access Information

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Related Material

Several pages were torn out of this workbook by Larkin before it was deposited in the British Library. These have survived and are catalogued at DPL2/1/1/14; there is also a fragment of p.76 at DPL/1/2/50.

Description of original work book: British Library Add MS 521619

SUPPLEMENTARY MODERN LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS. Vol. III. Poetical Notebook of Philip Arthur Larkin; 5 Oct. 1944-10 Mar. 1950. Autograph (ff. iii, 45, 46, 48b typewritten) drafts and fair copies of some eighty-five poems and fragments, of which five, on ff. 1, 2b-13, were first collected in The North Ship, 1945; eight more, on ff. 38, 49b, 50, 65b, 66, 74b-76, 81-87b, 94b-97b, in XX Poems, 1951; and two, on ff. 23, 24, 31, were printed in the magazine Mandrake, Oxford, 1946. The remainder, including (ff. 56-60) an incomplete verse-play, 'Night in the Plague' (f. 56), are apparently unpublished. Some were to be included in an unpublished collection, 'In the Grip of Light', prepared in 1948. See Stratford, pp. 19-24. National Manuscript Collection of Contemporary Writers MS. 7. Presented by the author through the Arts Council of Great Britain.

Paper; ff. v+99. Folio. 5 Oct. 1944-10 Mar. 1950. Mostly in pencil. Revisions and fair copies in ink.

Location of Originals

Original workbook held by the British Library [Add. Ms. 52619]