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Overlook Press, 1984 - Fiction - 247 pages
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A shy and insecure working-class Oxford undergraduate during the Second World War retreats into a dream world when he finds it difficult to adjust to life at an upper-class college

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User Review  - Erez Davidi - Goodreads

Jill is a wonderful story about a Young Englishman from a working class family, who attends Oxford on a scholarship, and his attempt to fit in with people from higher classes of society. Larkin has ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ineffablyschmoo - Goodreads

This book was stylishly written, with some wonderfully and sharply observed passages, highlighting the snobbery and carelessness of people in social circles 'above' the protagonist, who is a new ... Read full review

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Philip Larkin was a British poet, novelist, critic, and essayist. Born in 1922 in Coventry, England, he graduated from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1940 and then pursued a career as a librarian, becoming the librarian at the University of Hull in 1955. Although he led a retiring life and published infrequently, producing only one volume of poetry approximately every 10 years, Larkin was still considered one of the preeminent contemporary British poets. He is often associated with the "Movement," a 1950s literary group that, through the use of colloquial language and common, everyday subjects, endeavored to create poetry that would appeal to the common reader. However, this association came about mainly because Larkin's poem "Church Going," for which he first gained critical attention, was published in New Lines, an anthology of the "Movement" poets. In reality, his work, particularly his later poems, is not typical of the group. Larkin's published a total of only four volumes of poetry: The North Ship (1945), The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964), and High Windows (1974). He also wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and published two volumes of prose, Required Writing and All That Jazz, a collection of his reviews of jazz records. Philip Larkin died in 1985.

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