A love letter from one of the worlds most critically acclaimed writers to one of its most cherished poets. Clive James is a life-long admirer of the work of Philip Larkin. Somewhere Becoming Rain gathers all of Jamess writing on this towering literary figure of the twentieth century, together with extra material now published for the first time. The greatness of Larkins poetry continues to be obscured by the opprobrium attaching to his personal life and his private opinions. James writes about Larkins poems, his novels, his jazz and literary criticism; he also considers the two major biographies, Larkins letters and even his portrayal on stage in order to chart the extreme and, he argues, largely misguided equivocations about Larkins reputation in the years since his death. Through this joyous and perceptive book, Larkins genius is delineated and celebrated. James argues that Larkins poems, adored by discriminating readers for over half a century, could only have been the product of his reticent, diffident, flawed, and all-too-human personality.

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