Correspondence between Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion

Scope and Content

Comprises mostly continuous correspondence discussing both of their poetry, work and personal affairs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Motion was born in 1952, the son of Andrew Richard Motion and Catherine Gillian Motion. He graduated from University College, Oxford in 1974. Between 1977 and 1981 he worked as a lecturer in English at Hull University. His first collection of poems The Pleasure Steamers was published by Carcanet in 1978. He returned to Oxford as editor of Poetry Review 1981 to 1983, and worked as editorial director at Chatto & Windus from 1983 to 1989. He has published many collections of poems, novels and criticism and is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

He has also published Independence (1981); Secret Narratives (1983); Dangerous Plays: Poems 1974 - 1984 (1984); Natural Causes (1987) and Love in a Life (1991). He is the author of two critical books The Poetry of Edward Thomas (1980) and Philip Larkin (1982); novels, including the Pale Companion (1989) and biographies of The Lamberts: George Constant and Kit (1986) and Philip Larkin: a writer's life (1993).

Andrew Motion married Joanna Jane Powell in 1973 and Janet Elizabeth Dalley in 1985. He has two sons


U DP207/1-36 Larkin to Motion

U DP207/37-78 Motion to Larkin

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Custodial History

Purchased from Professor Andrew Motion, 2 December 2002

Related Material

U DP165 Papers of Andrew Motion

U DPL Papers of Philip Larkin

Related material in other repositories:

John Rylands Library (Manchester); National Sound Archives; Bodleian Library (Oxford); King's College (Cambridge); Eton School Library