Coventry: W. W. Curtis for King Henry VIII School, December 1933. 8vo. Paged -988. Larkin's piece appears on p. 965. Stapled as issued in original printed wrappers. A near-fine copy with slightest foxing and rusting to staples. Item #403572
LARKIN'S FIRST DATABLE APPEARANCE IN PRINT, published when he was 11 years old. In his prose description "Getting Up in the Morning," the writer is "already assured in [his] focus, with no evidence of stumbling over phrasing or idiom. He regarded reading and writing as his own province, without reference to school: 'I did not much like the senior English master, and I do not think he much liked me'" (James Booth, 'Philip Larkin: Life Art and Love', London, 2014, p.26). Very rare.