Jazz in Hull: Larkin’s Life in Hull and his Life as a Jazz Listener and Enthusiast
Ian Smith [+]
Writer, Broadcaster and Musician
What were the social groups, the musical occasions, the musical culture in which his listening took place? In Motion’s biography the metropolitan visits and occasions in Larkin’s life find far more attention than the years of friendship and society in Hull. For the metropolitan imagination, Larkin’s melancholic loner persona chimed easily with a sense that a great writer would be almost entirely alone and isolated in the British provinces. However, Larkin’s resilience and productivity – not to mention the testimony of his friends - suggest otherwise.