Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse
Philip Larkin's wonderful selection
First edition, first printing. Hardback with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 22 × 13.5cm, xlix + 641pp.
Philip Larkin's Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse provoked controversy and dispute on first publication in 1973. Warmly welcomed by fellow poets John Betjeman and W.H. Auden, it was also considered a quirky and idiosyncratic collection by some critics. Today it is recognized as a fine and wide-ranging selection of modern verse, valuable not least because it reflects the tastes of one of the best, and best-loved, English poets of the twentieth century.
This copy is in very good condition.